, 2022-12-04 06:00:00,
Airbus promotes its A350 as the “ultimate passenger experience,” promising airline operators increased efficiency through advanced materials and advanced engines. But while the European planemaker’s largest in-production widebody appears to be a widely-accepted success, some airlines have shed a few A350 airframes from their fleets. Today, we examine which airlines have done so and the reasons behind their actions.
Six airlines, six corners of the world
With over 40 different entities operating the Airbus A350, the number of operators that have removed A350 aircraft from their respective fleets is relatively small – six by our count. Those six are Hong Kong Airlines, LATAM, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, SAS, and South African Airways. Let’s examine each carrier and the number of aircraft removed.
Hong Kong Airlines: Data indicates that the airline once had a total of six A350-900s. However, four were removed from service between August 2019 and February 2020. The two remaining A350s are technically still part of the airline’s fleet but, according to Planespotters.net, are marked as ‘parked.’
LATAM (Brasil): Once operating 13 A350-900s, LATAM Brasil has completely removed the type from service. This move took place between March 2020 and August 2021.
Philippine Airlines: This airline once had a fleet of six A350-900s. Having removed four examples from service between late 2020 and early 2022, Philippine Airlines now operates just…
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