Airbus has rolled out from cabin furnishing & engine installation the first A350-900 XWB for China Airlines (CAL). The aircraft is prepared for customary tests before delivery.
The aircraft registered F-WZGV (B-18901 • MSN 049) is the first of fourteen A359 aircraft on order, and it is expected to be used on the airlines’ long-haul routes to Europe and on popular regional routes. The A350-900 will join China Airlines’ other Airbus fleet which consists of twenty-four A330s and four A340s on its regional and long haul services.
China Airlines has said that the jetliner will feature the airline’s plum blossom logo on the tail and a seating capacity of 306 — 32 in business class, 31 in premium economy, and 243 in economy.
The first A350-900 was scheduled to be delivered to CAL in July, and three others by the end of the year. However because of delays related to the backlog of aircraft ready to enter cabin completion stations on the final assembly line in Toulouse, Airbus has changed the delivery date and is expected to be by the end of September. As well as the A350XWB, Airbus has been experiencing difficulties with their A320neo, only Lufthansa, GoAir, IndiGo and Pegasus Airlines taking delivery of A320neos
All Nippon Airways has taken delivery of their fiftieth Boeing 787 Dreamliner. During a ceremony held at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Centre, Boeing gave ANA its fiftieth Dreamliner, a 787-9 registered JA882A (c/n 43872).
Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of All Nippon Airways commented:
The 787 has played a significant role in opening up routes into new markets, while also forming the backbone of our long-haul fleet. As the launch customer for the Dreamliner family, we are proud to welcome the 50th aircraft into our fleet, where it will continue to serve our passengers with the most innovative and memorable flying experience.
ANA became the 787 launch customer in 2004 when it purchased 50 aircraft and in 2011, seven years later, it was the first airline to take delivery of this revolutionary aircraft. ANA’s current fleet consists of 36 787-8s and 14 -9s and also having another 33 Dreamliners still on order, including the newest and longest member of the Dreamliner family, the 787-10.
Hybrid airships are the modern versions of the ones that briefly flew in the 1930’s. These aircraft are able to fly without crew for an astonishing three weeks. By the end of this decade, Dubai-based company, Airships Arabia are expected to have bought two of these. One is the Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship. It will have 10 feet x 10 feet x 60 feet cargo bay, able to carry 21 tonne payloads and nineteen passengers. The other one, the British Airlander 10, manufactured by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has a smaller payload of 10 tonnes and the ability to carry 48 passengers. HAV plan on making a bigger Airlander 50 with a payload of 50 tonnes.
The first ever A350 XWB full-flight simulator has been installed in Miami, Florida. It has been installed in the Airbus Training Centre (ATC). This follows the four A320 simulators, the A330 simulator and the A340 simulator in the Miami ATC. Joe Houghton, Airbus Vice President of Training and Flight Operations support commented:
With the A350 XWB entering into service in the Americas, we anticipate an increase in demand for widebody full-flight simulator training, especially given the program’s success in the Americas.
Airbus have seven A350 customers in the Americas. Altogether, this exceeds 120 A350 aircraft. At the moment the main customers of the Americas are United Airlines, with an order of 35 A350-1000’s to be delivered in 2018, LATAM, which has an order of 27; two of them delivered (first operator of the A350 in the Americas – fifth in the world.). Delta Air Lines, an order of 25 A350-900’s; expected to be delivered next year and American Airlines, an order of 22 A350-900’s. The remaining A350 customers are Avianca Brasil – 10 orders of A350-1000’s, Azul Linhas Aereas, 5 -900’s leased from Aercap and Air Caraïbes, four -900’s and 3 -1000’s including Air Caraïbes Atlantique.
An A350-1000 has been finished in Toulouse, France. It will be tested during the summer. The first A350’s will be delivered in mid-2017. Qatar Airways will again be the launch customers. They were the launch customers of the A350-900 too. Other customers include UA, BA, Etihad and Cathay Pacific. The A350-1000 will compete with the Boeing 777-300ER and the 777X. The A350 will feature Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. At the moment, this is the most powerful engine ever used on an Airbus aircraft.