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Delta’s first Airbus A350-900, yet to be painted in Delta’s signature livery, took to the skies early Tuesday morning in Toulouse, France, where the aircraft is assembled. This kicks off two months of flight testing, and a fresh paint job, prior to delivery this summer.

The aircraft will be the first of the state-of-the-art jets to be delivered to a Delta and is expected to begin service in October on primarily transpacific routes.

The A350 will be Delta’s flagship international aircraft and the first to feature the airline’s all-new Delta One Suite, the world’s first business class cabin to feature a sliding door, as well as Delta Premium Select, a new premium economy experience.

The A350 will feature 32 seats in the Delta One cabin, 48 seats in Delta Premium Select and 226 seats in the Main Cabin. Customers in all cabins of service will have access to high-speed 2Ku Wi-Fi internet access that allow customers the ability to stream video and use work-related networks such as VPN. The cabin will also benefit from high-capacity overhead bins, full spectrum LED ambient lighting and in-seat in-flight entertainment at every seat.

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