14 AUGUST 2017
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Three carriers kept the new Airbus A350 in the news last week with Delta Air Lines leading the way as the newest member of its fleet touched down in Atlanta following a trans-Atlantic crossing from Toulouse, where the aircraft was assembled.
Hong Kong Airlines was also celebrating as its first A350-900 completed its maiden flight in Toulouse and now enters the final phase of production, ground checks and test flights before being prepared for delivery at the end of this month. Lufthansa has also joined the A350 club (see story).
Delta’s A350 will spend the next two and a half months preparing to enter service, with its first flight scheduled for 30 October from Detroit to Tokyo-Narita International.
The airline also plans to deploy the aircraft, featuring Delta One and Delta Premium Select cabins, on its route between Atlanta and Seoul-Incheon, home of Delta’s trans-Pacific joint venture partner Korean Air from next March. This route joined the Delta network in June.
Hong Kong Airlines, which has 15 A350 XWBs on order, has already assigned the first to its newly launched long-haul route to Los Angeles starting from 18 December. The carrier is expecting to receive two more A350s by the end of the year.
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