Delta Air Lines will say goodbye to its long-range flagship aircraft of the US manufacturer Boeing, 747, in December, to replace it with the double-aisle A350 aircraft of the European Airbus.
The airline will be the first American to use this double-aisle airplane on international flights. From October 30, this aircraft will operate for the Detroit-Tokyo route. In November it will also fly from Detroit to Seoul and in January to Beijing.
Delta has a firm order with Airbus for receiving 25 aircraft of this double aisle model over three years. For 2017, the US airline expects to receive five A350.
Airbus reported last September that United increased its order of A350 to 45 aircraft, making it the second US airline to use this model that boasts a 20% savings in fuel use, allowing it to make a round flight York-London with a single fuel load.
One of the main bets of Delta for this new aircraft, with capacity for 306 passengers, is focused on the 32 new suites in the business class. Each one has a sliding door, seats that turn into bed and 18-inch screens.
All passengers will have Wi-Fi, USB ports and entertainment on touchscreens.
Next November, Mexico will receive for the first time this model of Airbus at the airport in Puerto Vallarta operated by Finnair, the flagship airline of Finland.
The A350 debuted in the aerospace market with Qatar Airways in 2015. Currently, a hundred of these long-range aircraft operate with 13 airlines, according to Airbus data.
Aciturri is a first level collaborator in this program.