MIAMI – Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the 12th airline to operate the twin-engine airliner.

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Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three-class layout and a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin.

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Altogether Asiana has ordered 30 A350s and will initially operate the aircraft on flights within Asia. From the third quarter of 2017, the carrier will deploy the aircraft on premier long-haul routes to Europe and the US, beginning with services from Seoul to London and San Francisco.

The A350 XWB features an aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines, leading a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions, significantly lowering maintenance costs.

The spaciousness, quietness, beautiful interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to comfort and well-being. To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 821 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 44 customers.