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Delta to be first U.S. airline to operate A350 XWB
Delta's first A350-900. © Airbus

Delta to be first U.S. airline to operate A350 XWB

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, the first of five scheduled for delivery to the U.S. carrier in 2017. Delta has orders for a total of 25 A350-900s.

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, and will be the first U.S. airline to operate the A350 XWB. The aircraft is the first of five A350-900s scheduled for delivery to Delta in 2017. The carrier has orders for a total of 25 A350-900s.

The aircraft is configured for 306 passengers, with 32 Delta One suites, 48 seats in the Delta Premium Select cabin and 226 seats in the main cabin. It will fly primarily on routes across the Pacific, initially to Tokyo-Narita, Seoul and Beijing.

The 32 redesigned Delta One suites will offer a full-height door and full flat-bed seat with direct aisle access, as well as more personal stowage and large in-flight entertainment screens.

The all-new Delta Premium Select cabin features more personal space with up to 38 inches of pitch, up to 19 inches of width and up to seven inches of recline along with an adjustable leg rest and headrest.

Throughout the aircraft, passengers will have access to free seatback in-flight entertainment on high definition screens, in-seat power ports at every row, high capacity overhead bins, and next generation 2Ku internet connectivity.

The A350 will continue Delta's optimization of its Pacific network, operating primarily on long-range routes between the U.S. and Asia. Delta says the new aircraft are expected to generate a 20% improvement in operating cost per seat compared to the Boeing 747-400 aircraft they will replace.

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