Lufthansa – Airbus’ largest airline customer and operator – took delivery of its first A350 XWB on December 21.
The aircraft is the first of 25 A350-900s that the carrier has on order and its first examples will be deployed on long-haul routes from Munich to Delhi and Boston.
Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, these A350 XWBs will feature a three-class cabin layout with 48 seats in Business, 21 seats in Premium Economy and 224 seats in Economy. The airliner is equipped with Lufthansa’s latest cabin products including new seats, an all-new inflight entertainment experience and, for the first time, inflight connectivity.
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings and new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. These factors combine to give the type a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs compared with older aircraft.
As our February issue closed for print, Airbus says it has recorded 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide.