The A350 is proving a preferred plane with each airways and passengers. On this article, we check out who is working the plane firstly of 2020. Which airways are the highest operators, what orders are in place for extra and the place are they flying?
A350 orders and deliveries
Airbus has delivered a complete of 347 A350 plane to 31 airways (as of December 31st, 2019, information from Airbus and Wikipedia). Of those, 208 are A350-900 variants, and 29 are the bigger A350-1000.
Loads extra will probably be flying over the approaching years as properly. Complete orders at present (once more, as at finish of 2019) stand at 926 plane (750 A350-900 and 176 A350-100). For some extra element on the plane and its recognition, check out our A350 vs Boeing 787 comparability.
Indubitably, Asia and the Center East is the place you need to be flying for those who just like the A350. Eight of the highest 10 operators are primarily based there.
Qatar – A350 fleet of 53
Qatar operates the biggest A350 fleet – at present 39 A350-900 and 14 A350-1000 plane. It has an extra 29 A350-1000 plane on order, which can maintain it within the high place for the foreseeable future. Qatar was the launch buyer for the A350-900 again in 2014, and likewise for the A350-1000 in 2018.
The Boeing 777 (each the 200 and 300 variants are in operation) at present simply outnumber the A350 for Qatar, however this may change very quickly.
Emirates will probably be one other main Center Japanese operator as properly when it takes supply of its Airbus A350. It positioned a headline-grabbing order for 50 plane on the Dubai Air Present in 2019.
Singapore Airlines – a fleet of 45
In shut second place is Singapore Airlines. It has made a significant dedication to the A350 with 45 A350-900 in operation and 22 extra on order. This can be a main a part of its whole fleet of 137 plane. Singapore Airlines has seven A350-900ULR models. These are used for his or her Los Angeles, Newark, and San Francisco providers.
Singapore Airlines function the A350 on each lengthy haul and short-haul flights. Regional locations embrace Bangalore, Colombo, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Seoul. For a glance inside, take a learn of our assessment of Singapore Airlines’ A350 enterprise class right here.
Cathay Pacific – a fleet of 36
In third place is one other main Asian airline, Cathay Pacific. It operates 25 A350-900 and 12 A350-1000 plane. The Boeing 777-300 continues to be the dominant member of their all widebody fleet, with 68 777-300 and 777-300ER working, and 21 777-9 plane on order.
Like Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific operates the A350 on regional in addition to lengthy haul flights, together with Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Manila, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo.
Lufthansa -a fleet of 15
Lufthansa is the biggest operator of the A350 in Europe, and at present the fourth largest operator globally. With 30 extra plane on order, it would stay amongst the highest operators for a while.
Lufthansa flies the A350 solely on lengthy haul routes. These embrace Munich to Beijing, Cape City, Charlotte, Chicago, Delhi, Denver, Montreal, Mumbai, Newark, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo Haneda, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Finnair – a fleet of 14
Finnair is the second-largest operator of the A350 in Europe, with 14 A350-900 plane and 5 extra on order.
It gives one of the best likelihood to fly regionally on the A350 in Europe, because it usually operates the plane from Helsinki to London and Brussels (although not all flights).
Delta – a fleet of 13
Delta is the biggest operator of the A350 within the US – the one one of many main US airways to fly the kind. It at present has 13 A350-900 plane, with 16 extra on order. Delta has the second largest whole fleet of any airline although – 908 plane throughout a blended Boeing, Airbus, and McDonnell Douglas fleet.
The plane is operated on routes to Asia and the Netherlands and options the brand new Delta One Suite.
Ethiopian Airlines is notable as having the biggest A350 fleet in Africa. It operates 14 A350-900 plane and has an extra 10 on order. South African Airways additionally operates the A350 however solely has a fleet of 4 and no extra on order.
Different Asian airways with rising fleets
A variety of main Asian airways have additionally launched the A350. A few of these airways have orders to develop the fleet and can quickly transfer their approach up the record. These embrace the next:
- Vietnam Airlines – 14 plane
- Thai Airways – 12 plane
- China Airlines – 14 plane, with 20 extra on order (all A350-900)
- Air China – 10 plane
- Asian Airlines – 9 A350-900 plane, with 11 A350-900 and 9 A350-1000 on order
- Hong Kong Airlines – 6 A350-900 plane with 5 on order
- Malaysian Airlines – 6 plane
- Philippine Airlines – 6 plane