Airbus shows off new A350XWB in Jeddah
The aircraft landed in Jeddah on Tuesday and was welcomed by representatives of Saudi Airlines, Saudi Private Aviation, aviation and media.
Following a brief session by Airbus seniors, guests and journalists took part in a demo tour aboard the aircraft, during which the unique design, comfort, ultra-modern materials of the cabin, and the most advanced and distinctive wraparound cockpit.
Airbus executive manager in Saudi Arabia Abdullah Mulatt said “we are happy to bring the state-of-the-art airbus A350 XWB to Saudi Arabia for the first time and we have a very high expectation that Saudi Airlines will join our client list.”
He noted that Airbus and Saudi Airlines enjoy a great relationship which started in 1984 when the first A300-600 delivered to Saudi Airlines.
For passengers, the A350 XWB brings new levels of in-flight comfort, with more personal space in all classes. In the premium cabin airlines can install the most luxurious lie-flat seats, while the extra wide fuselage allows for comfortable full service or budget layouts in economy class.
The aircraft also features wider panoramic windows, larger overhead stowage compartments and a new draught-free air conditioning system, as well as the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems. At the end of June 2015, the A350 XWB had won 781 firm orders worldwide from 40 customers.
Airbus is currently doing a combined test and promotional tour with their Airbus A350. While it as a chance to show off the new aircraft, Airbus also have the opportunity to test the technology in a variety of situations, including different climates and continents, to hopefully detect any teething problems before the aircraft is put into commercial operation.