Thursday, 9 November 2017

Delta completes inaugural A350 service to Tokyo

Another mini milestone for the XWB aircraft from Airbus occurred earlier last week when Delta’s inaugural A350 flight from Detroit to Tokyo landed at Narita International Airport early last Tuesday, 31st October.

Aircraft 3502 was welcomed by a water cannon salute and drew in a large audience of passengers, aviation fans and employees. Within three hours of landing, the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 was ready for its first return flight from Japan to the United States.

Before the departure of Flight 276 from Tokyo to Detroit, Delta hosted a celebratory event with the flight passengers, reporters and employees. Drinks and mini cupcakes were served to the crowd while they enjoyed live music provided by a string quartet.

“Delta is investing billions of dollars in its aircraft and airport facilities to provide better products and services to our important customers. The A350 aircraft is among these investments, and this Narita – Detroit flight is the first route Delta has deployed for the latest aircraft,” said Masaru Morimoto, Delta’s Vice President – Japan, Micronesia and the Philippines. “Please enjoy your flight and our latest products, such as the Delta One Suite and Delta Premium Select.”

After Masaru’s welcome speech, Captain Harry O'Nan addressed the audience. “It is an honor to be here with you today for Delta Air Lines' Inaugural Airbus A350 service from Tokyo Narita Airport to Detroit, Michigan," said Captain O'Nan. "We sincerely thank you for being a part of this historic flight and for flying with Delta.”

Passengers received A350 postcards and first flight certificates while boarding, along with special welcome packs when they reached their seats, which included A350 first flyer pins, notebooks and pens, as well as gifts from TUMI and Westin.

Flight 276 departed from Tokyo with a full capacity of 306 passengers onboard.

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