More Airlines Schedule First North American A350 Flights

Earlier this year British Airways and Virgin Atlantic announced their first North American Airbus A350 routes. Now, Air France and China Eastern are following suit with their Airbus A350s. The carriers will fly to Toronto from November and Vancouver from June respectively.

China Eastern A350
China Eastern will operate a daily A350 service to Vancouver. Photo: N509FZ via Wikimedia

The Airbus A350 is proving to be a popular aircraft from a passenger point of view. As more and more airlines are receiving the plane, they are able to increase their route networks. As such, North Americans hoping to catch a glimpse of the aircraft should be able to soon enough!

Air France

While currently a total of 892 Airbus A350s have been ordered, only 265 have been delivered. According to Airbus, Air France has 21 Airbus A350-900 aircraft on order, while KLM is expecting seven. However, last month Simple Flying reported that Air France was set to receive all of the group’s A350s. As such, Air France is set to receive the first of 28 Airbus A350-900s this summer.

Air France A350
The A350 will replace a Boeing 777 on Air France’s Toronto Route. Photo: Air France

Following an implementation period, the airline is set to launch its first A350 service to North America in November. Specifically, from November 25th, Air France’s A350 will operate to Toronto in Canada. The service will operate daily replacing the Boeing 777 as follows:

  • AF 356 departs Paris CDG at 1415, landing in Toronto at 16:45. The flight time is 08:30 hours.
  • The return flight, AF351, departs from Toronto at 18:45, arriving in Paris 07:30 hours later at 08:15 the next morning.

China Eastern

China Eastern is also an Airbus A350-900 customer. The airline placed an order for 20 of the aircraft, with five already having been delivered. According to The Points Guy, China Eastern is set to start flying to from Shanghai’s Pu Dong to Vancouver on June 28th. The aircraft will operate daily on the route, with an A330 complimenting it four days a week.

The flights will operate on the following schedule:

  • MU581 departs Shanghai at 1320. After a 10:50 hour flight, it is scheduled to touch down in Vancouver at 09:10.
  • MU582 departs Vancouver at 1320. It then flies for 12 hours 15 minutes, before touching down in Shanghai at 1635 the next day.

Other North American Airbus A350 debuts

Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are set to debut their Airbus A350s in North America this year. However, these two carriers will be operating the A350-1000, as opposed to the A350-900.

Virgin Atlantic A350
Virgin’s A350’s will have all new Upper Class seats. Photo: Virgin Atlantic

Planespotters in Toronto will be in for a treat as the Air France A350 will accompany the British Airways A350. The current selling from date for BA A350 flights to Toronto is the 1st October 2019, with the aircraft due to operate BA93 and BA92.

Virgin Atlantic is set to operate its first Airbus A350-1000 route to New York’s JFK. While we know the aircraft is due to be delivered in the next couple of months, we don’t know exactly when the aircraft will enter service.

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