Monday, April 30, 2018

Everywhere You Can Fly the Airbus A350 in 2018

The Airbus A350 has been in service since January 2015, but still, only a handful of airlines operate it around the globe. There are actually three variants of the Airbus A350: the A350-900, the A350-900-XWB, and the A350-1000.

The first of those, the Airbus A350-900, or A359, has been in commercial service since 2015, as stated above. The next variant, the A350-900XWB, is designed to be an ultra-long-range aircraft that has higher fuel capacity over the A359. It can fly up to 19-hours within a 9,700-mile nautical range. The launch carrier of this prototype, Singapore Airlines, completed its maiden flight from Toulouse on April 23, 2018. It will be used to operate nonstop flights between Singapore and New York City once the delivery takes place to SQ this August.

Global routes that currently or will feature the A350 in 2018

The -1000 version will serve as a stretch of the -900, and be used to replace the Airbus A340-600. Its primary competitors will be the Boeing 777-300ER and future Boeing programmes such as the 787-10 and 777-9. The A359 was designed to compete with the 777-200ER and 787-9, and replace the Airbus A340-300 and Airbus A340-500.

Currently, there is only one Airbus A350-1000 in service, and that is on Qatar Airways. The remaining Airbus A350s that are in service are all of the -9000 variants with Rolls Royce engines. These are the following airlines that operate the A350:

  • Air Caraibes
  • Air Mauritius
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Finnair
  • French Bee
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • Iberia
  • LATAM Airlines Brasil
  • Lufthansa
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways International
  • Vietnam Airlines

There will hundreds of routes that the A350 is offered on through the rest of the year, and here are the ones where you are most likely to find it.

All maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz

Air Caraibes

This is probably one of the few airlines that you’ve never heard of, much less flown. Interestingly, their IATA code is, “TX,” but this is an airline that has little to do with anything pertaining to the Lone Star State. Based in Martinique, Air Caraibes only offers a fleet of 12 aircraft, consisting of propeller planes (ATR-72s), Airbus A330s, and Airbus A350s. It has 2 A350-900s in service and 3 A350-1000s on order.

Route Frequency Period
Fort-de-France - Paris Orly sub-daily year-round
Pointe-à-Pitre - Paris Orly sub-daily year-round

Air Mauritius

The flag carrier of this tiny island in the Indian ocean shares similarities with the one above. It has a small fleet (~21 aircraft) consisting of short-range propeller planes, as well as a few long-haul Airbus aircraft, including the Airbus A340, and now, the A350. It has two in service and four on-order, entirely of the -900 variant. All routes are operated from its Port Louis hub.

Route Frequency Period
Johannesburg sub-daily year-round
Paris CDG daily year-round
St. Denis de la Reunion 8 total in April, May, and October

Asiana Airlines

Seoul-based Asiana is also a Star Alliance carrier and has a mixed fleet of narrow and widebody planes. It flies to short-haul markets as well as intercontinental markets, and the A350 has recently been deployed to a lot of its North American stations. The A350 will be a huge part of its fleet replacement program, as it has 4 of the -900 series in service and an additional 17 on order, plus 10 of the -1000 variants on order.

All A350 routes are operated from the Seoul Incheon hub.

Route Frequency Period
Bangkok sub-daily October onward
Fukuoka daily year-round
Hanoi multi-daily, daily year-round
Hong Kong 1x only in May 2018
London Heathrow daily year-round
Los Angeles sub-daily May-October
New York JFK daily November onward (plus 4x in October)
Osaka daily through April
San Francisco daily year-round
Seattle daily August-October

Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has 22 A350-900s in service with an additional 6 on order. It will also take delivery of 20 Airbus A350-1000s. All routes are operated from Hong Kong. All routes are from Hong Kong unless otherwise stated.

Route Frequency Period
Auckland daily year-round
Bangkok multi-daily through October
Bangkok - Singapore daily, sub daily starting in June through November
Barcelona sub-daily year-round
Brisbane daily year-round
Brussels sub-daily year-round
Cape Town sub-daily starting November
Christchurch sub-daily starting December
Dublin sub-daily starting June
Ho Chi Minh multi-daily June onward
Jakarta sub-daily year-round
London Gatwick sub-daily, then daily year-round
Manchester daily year-round
Manila multi-daily through October
Melbourne multi-daily year-round
Newark sub-daily, then daily starting May 2018
Osaka sub-daily April, May, June, September, October
Paris sub-daily year-round
Perth daily year-round
Rome sub-daily April, May and October onward
San Francisco daily year-round
Sapporo 1x total in May 2018
Seoul sub-daily April, May, August, September, October
Seoul - Taipei 1x total April and May
Singapore multi-daily through October
Taipei multi-daily through October
Tel Aviv sub-daily year-round
Tokyo Narita 3x total April and May
Vancouver sub-daily year-round

China Airlines

China Airlines, based in Taipei, Taiwan, has 12 A350-900s in service, with an additional two on-order. All routes are from Taipei unless otherwise stated.

Route Frequency Period
Amsterdam sub-daily year-round
Bangkok sub-daily (except for July - Sept) through October
Brisbane daily year-round
Brisbane - Auckland daily year-round
Hanoi 4x monthly April, and July onward
Hong Kong sub-daily year-round
Honolulu sub-daily year-round
Jakarta daily year-round
London Gatwick sub-daily year-round
Melbourne sub-daily year-round
Naha (Okinawa) sub-daily through October
Osaka sub-daily year-round
Rome sub-daily year-round
Saigon 3x total April 2018
Seoul 2x total May 2018
Shanghai 1x total May 2018
Shenzhen 1, 4, and 5 total October, November, December
Sydney multi-daily year-round
Tokyo Narita sub-daily year-round
Vancouver daily year-round
Vienna sub-daily year-round

Delta Air Lines

Delta was the North American launch customer for the Airbus A350. The vast majority of its A350 long-haul operations are from its Detroit hub, but they also appear in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Delta has 8 in service and 17 on order.

Route Frequency Period
Atlanta - Seoul daily year-round
Detroit - Amsterdam daily year-round
Detroit - Beijing daily through August, then sub-daily year-round
Detroit - Seoul daily year-round
Detroit - Shanghai sub-daily, daily (June-Sept) year-round
Detroit - Tokyo Narita daily year-round
Los Angeles - Shanghai sub-daily, then daily July 2018 onward

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines, based in Addis Ababa, has 7 A350s in service and 17 on order. All routes are from Addis Ababa

Route Frequency Period
Abuja daily year-round
Accra daily year-round
Beijing daily June-onward
Beirut 1x total April
Dar Es Salaam 1x total April
Dubai multi-daily July onward
Frankfurt daily through October
Jeddah sub-daily April, May, July, Sept
Johannesburg daily year-round
Kilmanjaro daily July onward
London Heathrow daily, multi-daily year-round
Mumbai multi-daily May, November, and December 2018 only
N'Djili/Kinshasa sub-daily through May
Paris 1x total April
Shanghai daily year-round

Finnair

Finnair was one of the earliest launch customers of the Airbus A350 and has utilized this aircraft to transform the long-haul operations from its Helsinki hub. Previously, Finnair operated Airbus A330s and Airbus A340s to serve markets in the Middle East and Asia, but now has 11 A350s in service with an additional 8 on order to fly to these markets as well as seasonal routes to warm destinations. All routes are from Helsinki.

Destination Frequency Period
Bangkok daily year-round
Ho Chi Minh City 3 total December-only
Hong Kong multi-daily year-round
Hong Kong daily year-round
Krabi 6 flights total December-only
London Heathrow daily year-round
Osaka daily May-October
Phuket less than daily December-only
Puerto Vallarta 3 total December-only
Seoul daily year-round
Shanghai daily year-round
Singapore daily year-round
Tokyo Narita multi-daily year-round

French Bee

This is another airline you likely have not heard of, and ironically enough, this carrier has two Airbus A350-900s that have been around for some time. The airline used to be called French Blue, but in any case, it exists as a low-cost carrier connecting Paris to Tahiti, with a stopover in San Francisco.

Route Frequency Period
Paris Orly - Saint Denis de la Reunion sub-daily year-round
Paris Orly - San Francisco sub-daily May 2018 - onward
San Francisco - Papeete sub-daily May 2018 - onward

Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines is a newer entrant to the North American market that is owned by HNA Group, the same parent company as Hainan Airlines. It has 4 A350s in service with an additional 15 on order.

Routes Frequency Period
Bangkok daily year-round
Los Angeles daily year-round
San Francisco sub-daily through November
Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) sub-daily year-round
Taipei sub-daily through May

Iberia

Iberia does not have any A350s delivered (yet) but will begin to receive them in the next few months. It has already announced the initial A350 routes, including the ones below.

Routes Frequency Period
London Heathrow sub-daily July and August
New York JFK sub-daily (August), multi-daily (Sept/Oct) August - October only

LATAM Airlines Brasil

LATAM Brasil bases its A350s predominantly in Sao Paulo, with 5 in service and 12 on order. It also has a sub-fleet of A350s that are leased to Qatar Airways, and can be found on the following routes to Doha:

Route Frequency Period
Barcelona daily June - October
Doha - Beirut daily June - October
Doha - Kuwait sub-daily, multi-daily April/May
Doha - Munich multi-daily through October
Doha - Muscat sub-daily in April
Madrid sub-daily October onward
Paris daily May onward

Lufthansa

Lufthansa aims to use the A350 to replace its Airbus A340-300 and Airbus A340-600 aircraft. Since the vast majority of these planes are based in Munich, many of the first A350 routes on Lufthansa originate in its Munich hub. It currently has 8 in service and 17 on order.

Route Frequency Period
Beijing sub-daily October onward
Boston daily year-round
Cape Town sub-daily December
Chicago O'Hare daily April onward
Delhi sub-daily year-round
Denver daily through October
Hong Kong sub-daily October onward
Mexico City sub-daily October onward
Mumbai daily through April
New York JFK sub-daily August onward
Newark daily year-round
Seoul sub-daily year-round
Shanghai sub-daily June - October
Singapore sub-daily year-round
Tokyo Haneda sub-daily, daily May onward
Vancouver daily May - October

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has 4 A350s and 2 on order. All routes originate in Kuala Lumpur.

Route Frequency Period
London Heathrow Multi-daily April-onward
Osaka Daily August-October
Tokyo Narita Daily, multi-daily May-onward

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is the launch customer of the A350, and has the most of any carrier in service (23), with also the largest number of -900s on order (18) and the largest number of -1000s on order (36). It also has 1 of the -1000s in service.

Routes Frequency Period
Adelaide daily year-round
Atlanta daily year-round
Barcelona sub-daily November-onward
Beirut sub-daily through October
Boston daily year-round
Casablanca sub-daily October-onward
Copenhagen daily, multi-daily August-October
Delhi daily through November
Edinburgh daily July-onward
Frankfurt daily, multi-daily May-onward
Geneva daily year-round
Islamabad sub-daily through April
Karachi sub-daily through November
Lahore sub-daily through April
London Heathrow multi-daily year-round
Madrid multi-daily year-round
Male multi-daily year-round
Miami daily year-round
Muscat sub-daily May, October and November
New York JFK daily year-round
Oslo daily November-onward
Paris CDG daily year-round
Philadelphia daily year-round
Phuket daily July-October
Singapore multi-daily year-round
Tokyo Haneda daily year-round
Vienna daily June-onward
Zurich multi-daily year-round

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has the second largest number of Airbus A350-900s in service (21), but has the largest on-order (46) which will place it ahead of Qatar Airways when all of them come online. It has opted for 16 of the -1000 variants.

Route Frequency Period
Amsterdam daily year-round
Barcelona sub-daily year-round
Brisbane multi-daily year-round
Dusseldorf sub-daily year-round
Hong Kong daily year-round
Jakarta multi-daily year-round
Manchester sub-daily year-round
Manchester-Houston sub-daily year-round
Melbourne daily year-round
Milan sub-daily year-round
Moscow DME sub-daily year-round
Moscow DME - Stockholm sub-daily year-round
Mumbai daily year-round
Munich daily year-round
Rome sub-daily year-round
San Francisco daily year-round
Stockholm sub-daily year-round
Tokyo Haneda daily year-round

Thai Airways International

Thai Airways has 11 A350s in service and 1 on order, all of the -9000 family.

Route Frequency Period
Beijing daily through October
Brussels sub-daily year-round
Chiang Mai sub-daily June-October
Denpasar daily November-onward
Dubai daily April-October
Guangzhou daily June-October
Melbourne multi-daily year-round
Milan sub-daily year-round
Osaka daily through October
Rome sub-daily year-round
Seoul daily year-round
Singapore multi-daily through August
Tokyo Haneda daily, multi-daily June-October
Tokyo Narita daily year-round

Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines has 11 A350-900s in service and 3 on order.

Route Frequency Period
Hanoi - Frankfurt sub-daily year-round
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City multi-daily year-round
Hanoi - Paris CDG daily year-round
Hanoi - Seoul daily year-round
Hanoi - Shanghai daily year-round
Hanoi - Tokyo Haneda daily year-round
Ho Chi Minh City - Frankfurt sub-daily year-round
Ho Chi Minh City - Paris CDG sub-daily year-round
Ho Chi Minh City - Shanghai daily through November
Ho Chi Minh City - Tokyo Narita daily July-onward

This article was originally published on Travel Codex. Read it at Everywhere You Can Fly the Airbus A350 in 2018.

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