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25 September 2015
Finnair or Qatar? Who will the 1st to debut the A350 on flights to USA?
to become the 1st airline to operate an Airbus A350 service to the USA, with
plans to use a -900 for New York JFK flights before the end of the
The Oneworld carrier
outlined its intention to deploy the type to the USA later this year in
detailing a "slightly adjusted" A350 launch schedule.
possible start dates are ongoing between the carrier and JFK officials
with a view to beginning services in December, said Rikke Munk Christensen, Finnair's
head of traffic planning, at World Routes 2015 in Durban.
She declines to say
definitively that the flights will begin before the end of the year, saying
only that more details will be available in 2 to 3 weeks.
If Finnair launches
A350 services to the USA in December, it would beat fellow Oneworld Alliance
partner Qatar Airways to become the 1st airline to do so – although by a
matter of weeks.
Doha-based Qatar will
debut the A350-900 on its flights to Philadelphia on 1/January/2016.
Based on the article “Finnair
targets US debut for A350” published in FlightGlobal.