Lufthansa has taken delivery of their 3rd Airbus A350, D-AIXC, in Toulouse, France today. The aircraft is scheduled to be flown to Munich tomorrow where after a short period of fine tuning, will join ‘XA’ and ‘XB’ in daily service.
The delivery of the latest A350 makes it possible for Lufthansa to begin using the A350 on its Munich – Mumbai beginning on April 15. Ultimately 25 A350s will join the fleet and will be stationed between Frankfurt and Munich, as aircraft such as the A340 are phased out.
@LufthansaNews shared a few images from the official registration decals being applied to ‘XC’ earlier today:
Lufthansa A350 Gallery
The A350s new Economy cabin
The Lady in ‘Blau’
As luck (or bad luck) would have it, passengers scheduled to fly from Munich to Boston (and back) tomorrow had their flights cancelled due to the Blizzard bearing down on the Northeast corridor of the US. What makes it worse was the fact that tomorrow’s flight from Munich was also the first flight of Lufthansa’s A350 to the USA.
Lufthansa’s A350 departing Munich
With Lufthansa cancelling all flights to and from Boston, New York, Newark, and Philadelphia due to the weather on March 14, the debut of the LH A350 in the USA will have to wait until Wednesday, March 15. Hopefully not too many ‘Avgeeks’ were lined up to be on this inaugural event!
A350 Roll-In Event Celebration
A few weeks ago, Lufthansa announced that Mumbai would be the 3rd destination to be served by the new A350s joining the fleet. They’ve further clarified the announcement to include the start date for the A350s service between Munich and Mumbai.
Beginning April 15, 2017 the A350 will take over for the A330 on the route. The flight numbers remain the same but the flight times have been updated to reflect the A350’s performance:
Flight LH764 will depart Munich at 11:40a and arrive in Mumbai at 11:05p.
Flight LH765 will depart Mumbai at 1:05a and arrive in Munich at 5:50a.
Previously, LH764 departed Munich at 11:35a and arrived in Mumbai at 11:55p, while LH765 departed at 1:25a and arrived in Munich at 5:50a.