Delta to be First U.S. Airline to Fly the A350-900 XWB
Technologically advanced widebody features 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions
Toulouse, July 13, 2017: Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, and will be the first U.S. airline to operate the newest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family. The delivery is the first of five A350-900s scheduled for delivery to Delta in 2017.
The A350 XWB will bring unrivalled eco-efficiency and a superior passenger experience to primarily transpacific routes. The World-class, fuel-efficient jet will begin customer service from Detroit to Tokyo-Narita International starting Oct. 30.
The A350 XWB boasts the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, and the fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This combination of technologies translates into unequaled operational efficiency, with a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. Due to a lightweight airframe and fuel-efficient engines, the A350XWBs are expected to generate a 20 percent improvement in operating cost per seat compared to the Boeing 747-400 aircraft they will replace.
To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 847 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.
Sources: Airbus / Delta Air Lines