Friday, July 17, 2015

The Airbus A350 Tours Newark and Chicago

By: Eric Dunetz  Published July 17, 2015

The Airbus A350 continues catching the eye in its Americas Tour. After leaving Atlanta in a visit to Delta Air Lines, the airliner continued its route with a stop at Newark Liberty Airport, where investors and media were invited to take a look at the newest member of the Airbus Family in the premises of United Airlines -another major A350 customer.

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IMG_3927The A350-900 that visited Newark Liberty International Airport yesterday is equipped with 252 seats in a two-class generic Airbus configuration, 42 in lie-flat Business Class and 210 Economy Class seats, plus flight test equipment station. This particular aircraft (MSN2) is a test aircraft that has reached the end of its testing phase, and once the tour concludes, it will be sold and refurbished to meet the needs of its new operator.

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The Airbus A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body) name is not an euphemism. Passengers coming aboard will notice a little more room on this aircraft, as its interior spans 221 inches wide. That means in Economy in a 9-seat across configuration (Airbus preferred configuration on this aircraft) you have 18″ of space.

IMG_3834One of the latest trends in the next-generation aircraft  are the oversized panoramic windows. In the case of the Airbus A350, these features are not an exception, including a novel electric blind system, which is similar to that seen in corporate aircraft. Oversized baggage bins are also a signature feature of this aircraft, . Also, one of the things customers may notice is more foot room as the IFE box is no longer located underneath the seat.

A350-1000_UnitedBack in 2013 during the 50th Paris Air Show, United Airlines converted a previous order for 25 A350-900s into an order for 35 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, the largest version of the A350 XWB family, which typically seats 350 passengers in a three-class layout. The aircraft is capable of flying 8,400 nautical miles non-stop, and will be operated by United on higher density routes, including non-stop flights between the United States and the Asia/Pacific region.

IMG_3987After this visit to Newark, the A350 left to Chicago O’Hare Airport for a visit to United Airlines. Thereafter, the aircraft will be heading bound to Milwaukee for a technical stop prior to its flying and static display at EAA Airventure.

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