The Airbus A350XWB (Xtra Wide Body) entered service in January 2015, and the stretched A350-1000 variant is due to enter service in 2017.
We thought we’d take a look at the ten best airports around the world to see the A350 at.
Finnair became the first European operator of the Airbus A350. Its fleet are based at Helsinki, flying to the Far East and North America, as well as on some European flight.
Manchester, UKBoth Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific start A350 operations to Manchester in 2017, with daily departures.
[Here’s a Spotting Guide to Manchester Airport]
The home of the Airbus A350 production line for all variants is at Toulouse in Southwest France. You’ll see them testing most days, and there are usually some examples ready for customers at the Delivery Centre.
[Here’s a Spotting Guide to Toulouse Airport]
Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok
Cathay Pacific has the A350-900 in service, replacing older A340s. It also has 26 A350-1000s on order. It Hong Kong base is therefore one of the best airports to see the A350. You’ll also find China Airlines, Finnair and Singapore Airlines examples there.
Although Lufthansa is initially basing its Airbus A350 fleet at Munich, the airport at Frankfurt handles daily A350 flights from Qatar Airways, Thai Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.
Singapore Airlines has a growing fleet of Airbus A350s, replacing its older A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft. It will also take delivery of the A350-900ULR (ultra long range) in due course. In addition you’ll also find A350s from Finnair, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways flying here, making it the most varied A350 airport.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Home of Ethiopian Airlines and its fleet of A350s, which fly intra-African and long-haul services multiple times per day.
Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Brazil
LATAM Airlines is the first carrier in the Americas to operate the A350. Most of their flights originate at Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport, operating to North America and Europe.
[Here’s our Sao Paulo Spotting Guide]
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Thailand
In my opinion the best looking A350s are in the Thai Airways International colour scheme of purple, yellow and white. In addition to Thai’s A350s, you’ll also see Finnair and Cathay Pacific examples at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamVietnam Airlines has an ultra-modern long-haul fleet consisting of Airbus A350s, Boeing 787s and 777s. The majority of A350 flights operate out of Ho Chi Minh City, with some others flying from Hanoi.
To keep up with all of the best airports the see the A350 at, see our Airbus A350 Routes Page.