On June 7th Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced the delivery of one new Airbus A350-900 to new Spanish leisure airline, World2Fly. This will be the first of two A350s to be operated by the new carrier, which received its Air Operators License (AOC) in May. Operations are set to commence from June 19th.
“We are delighted to deliver our first of two new A350-900 aircraft to our new customer, World2Fly…ALC is pleased to help launch World2Fly with new A350-900 aircraft and we are confident the A350-900 will help distinguish World2Fly in the marketplace.” -Matthew Stevens, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Air Lease Corporation
What do we know about World2Fly’s A350s?
There are a few tidbits of information available for World2Fly’s first Airbus A350-900. We know that this aircraft is registered in Spain as EC-NOI. According to Planespotters.net data, the jet was initially registered VP-BXS and destined for Russian carrier Aeroflot. However, the aircraft was not taken up by the airline.
While it seems that Aeroflot had a diverse, three-class configuration (28 business, 24 premium economy, 264 economy), World2Fly will operate its A350s with a single-class configuration: 432 economy class seats, all having a published recline of 15.23 cm. While this is one of the more dense configurations, at least it stops short of a 10-abreast arrangement, as seen on French bee and Air Caraibes A350s.
Additionally, ch-aviation data points out that the airline’s A350-900s will have in-seat video or seatback video screens. This is confirmed by taking a look at the airline’s 360-degree cabin view feature on its website.
Even though the airline is offering one class of service, it will offer 27 “XL Seats.” These are extra-legroom seats found at the front row of each bulkhead. Of course, as is standard with any bulkhead seating, the tray table and inflight video come out from within the armrest. Airlines also typically ban passengers from storing baggage in the area in front of these seats.
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Accompanied by an A330-300
Sources also note that the airline has a single A330-300 in its fleet, registered EC-LXR. This 11.3-year-old aircraft had previously flown with carriers Air Europa, Orbest Orizonia, Garuda Indonesia, and Iberworld, among others.
This particular aircraft will be configured with an all-economy layout of 388 seats. Unfortunately, unlike its newer A350 counterparts, World2Fly’s A330 does not appear to be fitted with inflight video. We do know, however, that this older jet has a seat pitch of 30 inches with a maximum of eight seats across.
First flight in less than two weeks
With the airline’s recent granting of its air operator’s certificate (AOC), its inaugural service date is now set for June 19th. The airline will fly its Airbus widebodies from Madrid and Lisbon to destinations in Latin America.
The airline’s first three destinations are as follows:
- Havana, Cuba
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Cancun, Mexico
All of these routes will be served twice weekly from Madrid and once weekly from Lisbon from 19th June onwards.
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