MIAMI — After one year of having completed its Route Proving Round-The-World Tour, the Airbus A350-900 XWB has begun a tour in the Americas, as the next generation airliner has entered into service with Qatar Airways and Vietnam Airlines this year.
During this tour, aircraft MSN002 will be presented to its customers in Brazil, TAM and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, with visits to Sao Paulo and Viracopos, respectively. Back in August 2014, LATAM Airlines Group placed an order for 27 aircraft with a value estimated in $7 billion.
The airline expects to take delivery of its first two A350 in December, and plans to have an initial domestic operation from Guarulhos (Sao Paulo) to Manaus, for a late deployment to Miami in March 2016 and Madrid one month later.
Azul Linhas Aéreas is also another A350 customer in the region, with a firm order for four A350-900 placed in April last year. The airline, one of the leading domestic carriers in Brazil, has started international service to the United States, and it is expected to operate seven Airbus A330 aircraft by the end of this year, all of them retrofitted with new cabins and IFE system.
After Brazil, the A350-900 XWB will be visiting Colombia and the United States, where the EAA has confirmed its presence on EAA AirVenture opening day with an aerial demonstration during the afternoon air show. This is not the first time in which Airbus presents one of its airliners in this event. Back in 2009, the Airbus A380 featured a presentation showing off its handling qualities, maneuverability and performance.