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Hong Kong Airlines becomes new operator of the A350 XWB

September 13, 2017 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Hong Kong Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350900, on lease from AerCap, making the carrier the 15th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin aisle airliner

 Altogether Hong Kong Airlines will acquire 21 Airbus A350 XWB, including 15 purchased directly from Airbus and six on lease from third party lessors.

The A350 XWB will bring unrivalled ecoefficiency and a superior passenger experience to the carrier’s networkHong Kong Airlines has configured its A350900 with a premium threeclass layout with a total of 334 seats, comprising 33 in Business Class, convertible to fully lieflat beds, 108 in the new cabin class “Economy Comfort” and 193 in Economy ClassThe aircraft features the airline’s latest cabin products, including an allnew entertainment system and full inflight connectivityAfter an initial period flying on regional routes, Hong Kong Airlines’ A350900 will begin long haul operations in December this year, flying on the carrier’s nonstop service to Los Angeles.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. As the founding member of “Airspace by Airbus” cabin brand, the A350 XWB cabin provides passengers and crews the best in comfort, well-being and technology.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 848 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever. With 287 firm orders for the A350 from carriers in Asia-Pacific, the region represents over a third of total sales for the type to date.

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