Delta Air Lines Receives First Airbus A350

Delta Air Lines has become the first North American carrier to operate the advanced Airbus A350.


Taking delivery of the first of 25 A350s on order from the French manufacturer in Toulouse, the Atlanta-based airline begins its fleet modernization with the composite jet as competition intensifies with rivals American Airlines and United Airlines. The fleet will gradually replace Delta’s venerable Boeing 747s, promising better fuel efficiency and operating economics, as well as an improved cabin experience for passengers.


Boasting 306 seats in a 3-class layout, the A350s debut the new Delta One business suites and the airline’s new international Premium Select seating, together with a more comfortable Main Cabin economy seat. Unveiled in 2016, the former is one of few business class products to feature sliding privacy doors, while all passengers can enjoy access to high-speed internet powered by Gogo 2Ku technology.


Delta will base its first A350-900s at its Detroit hub, where the aircraft will operate its routes to Asia. Beginning 30 October 2017, the jet will replace the Boeing 777-200LR on the Detroit – Tokyo (Narita) route, followed by Detroit – Seoul (Incheon) and Detroit – Beijing in late 2017/early 2018.


Skyteam member Delta Air Lines currently operates scheduled flights to over 300 destinations across 60 countries.


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