Delta takes delivery of first North American A350-900

Delta takes delivery of first North American A350-900

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of their first Airbus A350-900, making them the first North American carrier to operate the aircraft.

The 306 seat A350 will be primarily used on routes across the Pacific – initially to Tokyo-Narita, Seoul and Beijing.

It is also the first long-haul aircraft to feature next-gen 2Ku internet connectivity.

“The Airbus A350 sets a new standard of flying experience for our customers, representing years of product innovation as Delta continues to transform into a leading global carrier,” said Ed Bastian, Delta CEO. “Our new flagship A350 fits well in Delta’s long-haul network, combining an exceptional customer experience with strong operating economics and fuel-efficiency as we retire older, less-efficient aircraft.”

With a lightweight airframe, and Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, the jets are expected to generate a 20% improvement in operating cost per seat compared to the Boeing 747-400s the A350 will replace.

Matt Taylor
By Matt Taylor July 14, 2017 10:38