If you want to book onto the new Airbus A350, it is useful to know which airlines are currently flying with this new plane.
Finnair was the first European airline to put the Airbus A350 into service and you can read the review of my Finnair flight on the A350 Brussels to Hesinki routing. Qatar Airways has taken delivery of seven A350s so far and Vietnam Airlines also already operates the new Airbus A350 aircraft. Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) has just launched its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft on its Hong Kong-Manila route and I have reviewed the new Cathay Pacific business class and premium economy product. Singapore Airlines A350 routings include Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Kansai. Singapore Airlines will start operating their A350 on the Hong Kong-London Gatwick route in September 2016 followed by Hong Kong-Dusseldorf.
Singapore Airlines has ordered 67 A350-900s with 253 seats. The Singapore Airlines business class on the A350 is in a 1-2-1 layout. This compares to their economy seats which have a 3-4-3 configuration.
LATAM now has the first of 27 A350s ordered, in service. These A350s are running as part of TAM airlines and flying on its Brazil routes. There are 348 seats on the plane, 30 in Business class in a 2-2-2 layout, and 318 in economy in a 3-3-3 layout. The airline has also launched the A350 on its routes from São Paulo to Miami and São Paulo to Madrid.
Thai Airways. has 12 A350s on order. Each will carry 321 passengers, with 289 in economy and 32 in business class with an expected 2-2-2 layout with lie-flat seats in business class, and a 3-3-3 in economy. The first A350 flights will be launching on the overnight from Bangkok to Melbourne.
has ordered 10 A350s with 305 seats with 29 business-class seats in a 1-2-1 layout, 45 seats in premium economy in a 3-3-3, and 231 economy seats in a 3-3-3. The airline currently uses its A350s from Hanoi to Paris and Seoul to Incheon.
Other airlines with the Airbus A350 on order are Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Afriqiyah Airways, Air Asia, Air Caraïbes, Air China, Air France, Air Mauritius, American Airlines (US Airways), Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad, Finnair, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, JAL, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan, TAM, THAI, United and Yemenia.
What are the advantages of the Airbus A350?
Flying on the Airbus A350 is an altogether better experience and should also reduce passenger jet lag. It is built largely from the lighter construction material, carbon fibre, which enables a 25 per cent increased operational efficiency. The A350 has a number of advantages over older jets including a quieter environment, larger panoramic windows, LED mood lighting that can simulate sunset and sunrise, lower cabin pressure and a high-efficiency filtration system that changes the air in the cabin completely every three minutes. All this means that passengers should suffer less jet lag as the groggy feeling when you leave the plane is partially caused by a lack of oxygen when flying. Lower air pressure on older jets means there is less oxygen in the air. The higher air pressure in the A350 means there is more oxygen in the cabin which should immediately alleviate some of the problems of jet lag.