Delta’s first Airbus A350 left Airbus’ paint shop in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday 13th July, coated in Delta’s signature livery as the aircraft prepares to be delivered in July.
The state-of-the-art widebody jet had its first test flight two weeks ago and will undergo additional flight testing in France before being handed over to Delta. The plane will enter service this fall on trans-Pacific routes. Delta will be the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of the A350.
Onboard the Delta A350 will be the airline’s Delta One suites which I have reviewed in more detail in the business class cabin as well as Delta Premium Select which is their Premium Economy. The aircraft will feature 32 Delta One suites, 48 Delta Premium Select seats and 226 seats in the Main Cabin.
Wandering Aramean wrote that this aircraft is expected to launch on the Detroit – Tokyo Narita route on October 30, although this does not yet show up on the system. Most attractive Premium economy saver awards can be booked on this route (although the price is close to what you would usually expect in Business Class).
A Business Seat would usually be 80,000 miles but is showing up at 160,000 miles one way.
Last year, American Airlines became the first of the “Big Three” US carriers to launch an AA premium economy service. I have compared the American Airlines vs. Delta Premium Economy.. I have also reviewed the current American Airlines Business Class on the B777. For more on premium airline offerings, read my top 10 Best Business Class airlines for long-haul travel and top 10 Premium Economy airlines in the world.