Hong Kong Airlines’ first A350 takes to the skies

Hong Kong Airlines' first A350 on its test flight
Hong Kong Airlines’ first A350 on its test flight

Hong Kong Airlines’ first Airbus A350 aircraft has performed its maiden flight in the skies above Toulouse.

The twin-aisle jet took off from the Airbus factory recently for a test flight, and will now undergo further checks and interior fittings before being delivered to Hong Kong Airlines at the end of August.

Hong Kong Airlines has ordered a total of 15 A350-900s, which it will use to expand its long-haul network. This will start on 18 December 2017 with the aircraft’s introduction on the new non-stop Hong Kong-Los Angeles route, which mark the airline’s entry into the US.

The A350s will be configured with 334 seats in two cabins – 33 in business class and 301 in economy.

Hong Kong Airlines is one of several Asian airlines to have placed orders for the A350. The long-haul jet is already in service with Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Asiana Airlines, and will also soon enter service with Air China.

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