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Nordics A350 Competition Heats up as Singapore Airlines Adds Stockholm SAS Codeshare

Singapore Airlines has announced the launch of a new route to Stockholm, via Moscow, served by the airline’s A350-900 aircraft. These flights will operate as codeshare with SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

Feast Your Eyes: The Making of Cathay Pacific A350

I love watching “how it’s made” videos. This one takes us through the manufacturing process of Cathay Pacific Airways’ new A350 aircraft which landed for the first time in Hong Kong yesterday.

Cathay is the sixth airline to fly Airbus’ sleek wide body introduced in 2014.

The Cathay A350-900 feautres a three class layout with 280 seats in all, including 38 Business Class seats convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 28 in Premium Economy seats and 214 Economy seats..

Cathay has a total of 48 A350 XWB aircraft on order, including 22 A350-900s and 26 of the larger A350-1000s. Cathay’s new A350-900 will begin long-haul operations later this year after a preliminary period of regional service.

Airbus has received 798 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 42 customers around the world including launch customer Qatar Airways, Vietnam Airways, LATAM, Finnair, and Singapore Airlines.

Philippine Airlines Signs MOU for 6 A350s as the Aircraft Struts its Wings at Singapore Airshow

Airbus and Philippine Airlines announced at the Singapore Airshow a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for six A350-900s, with options for another six purchase which will support Philippine Airlines future long haul fleet.

Philippine Airlines further confirmed that its A350-900s will feature a premium three class layout and will operate on non-stop flights from Manila to the US west coast and New York, as well as new destinations in Europe.

The aircraft continues to grow in popularity around the world and Airbus reports is particularly popular among Asia Pacific carriers.

The Finnair A350 greeted by Press at the gate, © 2015 FCMedia

The Light Fantastic: Inside the New Finnair A350

During my tour of the new Finnair A350 from Hamburg to Helsinki, I was especially struck by the capitalisation on light against a neutral canvas. It’s easy to see the light gains from the A350’s larger windows. Add to that Finnair’s mood lighting, with glowing effects programmed into a cool Northern Lights display and a Warm Asia theme, add the opalescent effect of the aircraft’s light grey-white structures, and the Finnair A350 interior positively glows.