Examining the Economy and Business class cabins on every A350

There are currently 14 airlines who are lucky enough to own the Airbus A350 in their fleets, but each of these airlines has presented the newest aircraft in the sky in different ways. Let us examine the pros and cons of both the economy class cabin and the business class cabin of each airline.

A brand new Airbus A350 straight out of the paint shop

The Airbus A350 is a long-range, twin-engine aircraft developed by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Its variants seat 280 to 366 passengers in typical three-class seating layouts (including premium economy). The A350 is positioned to succeed the A340, and compete with the Boeing 787 and 777. At the end of 2017, Airbus had received 858 orders for A350s from 46 customers worldwide – so the aircraft has come a long way since its entry into service with Qatar Airways way back on 15 January 2015.

So let us now take a good look at the economy class and business class cabins of all commercial airlines that currently operate the A350 in their fleet.

Qatar Airways

First flight: 2015

Main routes: Madrid, Male, Paris, London-Heathrow, Singapore, Boston, New York JFK, Delhi

Economy class specs: 247 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 31-32″ legroom

Business class specs: 36 flat-bed seats with 180 degree recline, each with 22″ width and 80″ legroom

Finnair

First flight: 2015

Main routes: London-Heathrow, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo-Narita

Economy class specs: 208 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 31″ legroom

Business class specs: 46 flat-bed seats with 180 degree recline, each with 21″ width and 78-81″ legroom

LATAM

First flight: 2015

Main routes: New York JFK (from Sao Paulo)

Economy class specs: 300 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 31″ legroom

Business class specs: 30 flat-bed seats with 180 degree recline, each with 23″ width and 74″legroom

Singapore Airlines

First flight: 2016

Main routes: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Munich, Mumbai, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Tokyo-Haneda

Economy class specs: 187 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 32″ legroom

Business class specs: 42 flat-bed seats with 180 degree recline, each with 28″ width and 78″ legroom

China Airlines

First flight: 2016

Main routes: Beijing, Hong Kong, Honolulu, London-Gatwick, Shanghai, Tokyo-Narita

Economy class specs: 243 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 32″ legroom

Business class specs: 32 flat-bed seats with 180 degree recline, each with 22″ width and 78″ legroom

Cathay Pacific

First flight: 2016

Main routes: Auckland, Bangkok, London-Gatwick, Newark, Paris, Singapore, San Francisco, Tel Aviv

Economy class specs: 214 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 32″ legroom

Business class specs: 38 open suites with 180 degree recline, each with 20″ width and 75″ legroom

Thai Airways

First flight: 2016

Main routes: London-Heathrow, Milan, Melbourne, Singapore

Economy class specs: 289 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 32″ legroom

Business class specs: 32 flat-bed seats with 180 degree recline, each with 20″ width and 73.5″ legroom

Air Mauritius

First flight: 2017

Main routes: Johannesburg, Paris

Economy class specs: 298 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 31-33″ legroom

Business class specs: 28 flat-bed seats, each with 21″ width and 44″ legroom

Delta

First flight: 2017

Main routes: Tokyo-Narita, Seoul, Beijing (all from Detroit)

Economy class specs: 226 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 31-32″ legroom

Business class specs: 32 open suites, each with 22-24″ width and 76-81″ legroom

Lufthansa

First flight: 2016

Main routes: Beijing, Boston, Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo-Haneda (all from Munich)

Economy class specs: 224 standard seats, each with 17″ width and 31″ legroom

Business class specs: 48 flat-bed seats with 180 degree recline, each with 20″ width and 78″ legroom

Asiana

First flight: 2017

Main routes: London-Heathrow, Hanoi, Manila, Osaka, San Francisco, Shanghai

Economy class specs: 247 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 32-33″ legroom

Business class specs: 28 flat-bed seats, each with 22″ width and 77″ legroom

Ethiopian Airlines

First flight: 2017

Main routes: London-Heathrow, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Dubai, Accra

Economy class specs: 313 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 32″ legroom

Business class specs: 30 flat-bed seats with 180 degree recline, each with 22″ width and 78″ legroom

Hong Kong Airlines

First flight: 2017

Main routes: Los Angeles, Shanghai

Economy class specs: Economy class seats have a width of 18″ and legroom of 31-34″

Business class specs: All business class seats have a width of 42″ and legroom of 44″

Vietnam Airlines

First flight: 2016

Main routes: Paris, Frankfurt, Seoul, Guangzhou (all from Ho Chi Minh City)

Economy class specs: 231 standard seats, each with 18″ width and 32″ legroom

Business class specs: 29 seats, each with 21″ width and 42″ legroom

In 2018, the likes of Aeroflot, Philippine Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Air China are all scheduled to receive the A350 in their fleets, whereas British Airways, China Southern, Air France, and SriLankan Airlines (among others) will join the club in the following year! It is certainly a great time to be a fan of the Airbus A350!

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