Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 aircraft, which will be mainly deployed on trans-Pacific routes to Asia.
The new long-haul aircraft will be able to seat 306 passengers in three cabins, including 32 Delta One suites, 48 seats in Delta Premium Select, Delta’s premium economy cabin, and 226 seats in economy class.
“The Airbus A350 sets a new standard of flying experience for our customers, representing years of product innovation as Delta continues to transform into a leading global carrier,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO. “Our new flagship A350 fits well in Delta’s long-haul network, combining an exceptional customer experience with strong operating economics and fuel-efficiency as we retire older, less-efficient aircraft.”
The 32 Delta One suites are flat-bed seats with direct aisle access, while the new Delta Premium Select cabin will feature wider seats with a 38-inch (96.5cm) pitch. Passengers in all three cabins will be offered in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi and in-seat power sockets.
The new A350s will initially be used to operate Delta’s trans-Pacific network, initially flying to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.
Delta has ordered a total of 25 A350s, which it will use to replace its older Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft. As well as the A350s, Delta has outstanding orders for 25 A330neo aircraft as it moves to overhaul its twin-aisle fleet.