LATAM Airlines will be the first Airline in the Americas and the fourth in the world to receive and operate the Airbus A350-900 XWB. The well-known airline has ordered 27 model aircraft which are expected to be delivered between the end of 2015 and 2019. The arrival of the A350 will mark the beginning of a new generation of long-haul air crafts for LATAM. This specific model is built with composite materials, which are lighter, more efficient and more economical.
THE OPTIMIZED BASE-LINE
The A350-900 is the cornerstone member of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB Family, which is tailored to meet airlines’ future market requirements in medium-to-long haul operations. The A350-900 has the same optimized cabin cross-section as the other A350 XWB versions (A350-800 and A350-1000) – which ensures maximum comfort for both passengers and crew while guaranteeing operators optimum revenue potential and operating efficiency.
This phenomenal jetliner accommodates 315 passengers in a two-class configuration while offering unbeatable economics in high-density seating and true long-haul capability with a range of up to 7,750 nautical miles.
A COMFORTABLE, EFFICIENT CABIN
The A350 XWB’s wide fuselage cross-section was designed for an optimal travel experience in all classes of service, with passengers enjoying more headroom, wider panoramic windows, and larger overhead storage space. With a cross-section of 220 inches from armrest to armrest, the jetliner’s cabin provides the widest seats in its category, being five inches larger than its nearest competitor. In addition to providing the space for unmatched premium first class and business solutions, the A350 XWB allows for high-comfort economy seating in a nine-abreast arrangement, with a generous 18-inch seat width.
25 PERCENT LOWER OPERATING COSTS
Over 70 percent of the A350’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials that combine composites (53 percent), titanium and advanced aluminum alloys.
The innovative carbon fiber and reinforced plastic fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance. With this new fuselage – along with the latest systems and engines, as well as an advanced wing optimized for Mach 0.85 cruise speed – the A350-900 is a generation beyond its current competitor. The Airbus benefits from a 25 percent lower fuel burn, 25 percent lower operating costs, and 25 percent lower CO2 emissions. The A350-900 also offers more range and additional seats for greater revenue potential.
The A350-900, along with the other A350 XWB variants, inherit commonality features from Airbus’ fly-by-wire aircraft family, while benefiting from the latest in display technology and integrated modular avionics.
They retain the same handling qualities as the A320, A330/A340 and A380 families, and are flown utilizing similar operating procedures. For Airbus-rated pilots, this means less training time when transitioning from one aircraft to another, as shorter-duration Difference Training classes replace the Full Type Rating course.