On Wednesday afternoon at the Airbus Production Plant in Toulouse, France, Asiana Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 aircraft was rolled out of the paint shop. The type was the first of an order of 12 of the specific aircraft, which are supposed to be deployed on the following routes from their main base at Seoul-Incheon Airport starting in mid-May:

Osaka – Kansai (KIX) -> May 15th to August 13th, then September 29th onwards

Manila – Ninoy Aquino (MNL) -> May 15th to August 13th, then September 29th onwards

Beijing – Capital (PEK) -> July 28th to August 13th

Singapore – Changi (SIN) -> July 28th to August 13th

Shanghai – Pudong (PVG) -> August 14th to October 28th

San Francisco (SFO) -> August 14th to October 28th, then daily service onwards

The colorful winglet of the Asiana A350 aircraft. (Image: Asiana Airlines)

The aircraft will hold 311 passengers in the following configuration:

28 Business Class “Business Smartium” in 1-2-1 configuration

36 “Economy Smartium” extra space economy seats in 3-3-3 configuration

247 Economy seats in 3-3-3 configuration


Seat configuration of the Asiana A350-900 aircraft scheduled to debut on revenue flights in May.


“Business Smartium” seat on the A350-900. (Image: Asiana Airlines)


Regular Economy class on the Asiana A350-900. (Image: Asiana Airlines)

The airline also has other A350 examples on order, including 8 of the A350-800 variant and 10 of the A350-1000 variant, which are all supposed to be delivered between 2017 and 2025. Other routes the airline has discussed the A350 being deployed on are routes to Chicago-O’Hare, Hanoi, and Saigon.

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