Air France has taken delivery of the first of a total of 28 A350-900s it is due to receive over the next five years.
The aircraft is configured with 34 seats in business, 24 in premium economy and 266 in economy.
Business features a lie-flat seat with a 1-2-1 layout providing aisle access for all passengers.
We will shortly have a review of the new business class seat and will post a link to it here.
The new-generation A350 is touted as being 25 per cent more fuel efficient than long-range competitors such as the B777. It is powered by new fuel-efficient and quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
For passengers, straighter side-walls aim to give more head and shoulder room, and larger overhead storage in business class will be able to hold two roller-bags per passenger.
In order to reduce jet lag, LED mood lighting changes gently throughout the flight, and the state-of-the-art air conditioning system splits the cabin into multiple zones and provides fresher air and more flexible temperature control.
Air France is set to get six deliveries before the end of next year – so where can you fly it?
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The A350 will debut on Air France’s daily flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to the economic capital of Ivory Coast on October 7, 2019 and fly until December 8, 2019. It will re-enter service on the route on February 10, 2020.
It will operate the same schedule to the capital of Mali, running from October 7 to December 8 and returning on February 10.
The A350 will then enter service from Paris CDG to Toronto on October 27, 2019. Business Traveller‘s Tom Otley will be on the inaugural flight and we will update this post with his review when complete.
The A350 will operate flights to Cairo from December 9, 2019. The route runs daily except Thursday.
Seoul, South Korea
It will also join the daily Seoul route from December 9, 2019.
The final A350 route so far announced is to the Thai capital, which will run for the 2020 summer season.
We will update this page with further updates and reviews when they become available.