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A350 deliveries to Asian airlines in 2016

23 Mar 2016 by Clement Huang

CATHAY PACIFIC

DELIVERY Expected May 2016

ENTRY INTO SERVICE Expected June 1

ROUTES

  • From June 1: Hong Kong–Manila, Hong Kong–Taipei Taoyuan
  • From July 1: Hong Kong–Bangkok, Hong Kong–Ho Chi Minh City
  • From July 3: Hong Kong–Singapore
  • From September 1: Hong Kong–Dusseldorf
  • From September 2: Hong Kong–London Gatwick

CONFIGURATION 38 in business (1-2-1), 28 in premium economy (2-4-2), and 214 in economy (3-3-3)

HOW MANY A350S ON ORDER? 20 A350-900s and 26 A350-1000s

WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT IT? Cathay Pacific will be introducing brand new seat designs for its A350. Rumour has it that the new products will be an “evolution” of the existing seats – watch this space.

cathaypacific.com

 

CHINA AIRLINES

DELIVERY Expected July 2016

ENTRY INTO SERVICE Expected August 1

ROUTES

  • From August 1: Taipei Taoyuan–Hong Kong
  • From December: Taipei Taoyuan–Amsterdam, Taipei Taoyuan–Rome, Taipei Taoyuan–Vienna

CONFIGURATION 32 in Premium Business (1-2-1), 31 in premium economy (2-3-2), and 243 in economy (3-3-3)

HOW MANY A350S ON ORDER? 14 A350-900s

WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT IT? China Airlines has announced full details about the seats for each individual cabin class. Business class passengers will enjoy a 78-inch fully flat bed and 18-inch IFE screen. They will also have access to a Sky Bistro onboard bar. Meanwhile, those in premium economy will experience a 20-inch wide seat with a generous 39-inch pitch. For those in coach, the seats will be 18-inches wide with a 32-inch pitch.

china-airlines.com

 

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

DELIVERY March 1, 2016

ENTRY INTO SERVICE March 2

ROUTES

  • From March 2: Singapore–Kuala Lumpur (Until May 8)
  • From May 9: Singapore–Amsterdam
  • From May 10: Singapore–Jakarta

CONFIGURATION 42 in business (1-2-1), 24 in premium economy (2-4-2), and 187 in economy (3-3-3)

HOW MANY A350S ON ORDER? 67 A350-900s (seven of which are of the “Ultra Long Range” variant)

WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT IT? We’ve written plenty about the seats on Singapore Airlines’ A350 (see here). However, another recently revealed feature is the new in-flight “Companion App” service that the carrier will be pioneering on the aircraft. The new app is currently available for iOS and Android tablets and allows passengers to control their seatback TV systems using personal devices. Smartphone support will begin from the second quarter of 2016.

singaporeair.com

 

THAI AIRWAYS

DELIVERY Expected mid 2016

ENTRY INTO SERVICE Expected July 1

ROUTES

  • From July 1: Bangkok–Melbourne

CONFIGURATION 32 in business, and 289 in economy – layout TBC

HOW MANY A350S ON ORDER?  12 A350-900s (four on direct order and eight on lease)

WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT IT? Despite having started accepting bookings for the A350-900 on the Bangkok–Melbourne route, there are still questions as to whether Thai Airways will take delivery of the aircraft later this year. The Star Alliance member announced earlier this year that it would try to defer delivery of 14 aircraft between 2016 and 2018. This included all 12 A350s and two B787-9s.

thaiairways.com

Clement Huang

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