Azul Airlines has received its first Airbus A350, an A350-900XWB.
It is the first of four (or maybe five) ordered by Azul, the second is expected this year.
The aircraft named, “50 também é Azul”, landed at Confins airport in Belo Horizonte on 14 September 2022. It is almost 5 years old and was first delivered to Hong Kong Airlines in 2017.
Azul actually announced its intention to order a fleet of five A350-900s in 2016.
To start with, Azul will fly the A350 on domestic flights for crew training. Possible destinations are Belem, Fortaleza, Manaus and Recife. By the end of the year, Azul will start international flights with the A350, with routes possibly to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Lisbon.
With up to 334 seats the A350 is larger than the 271 seat A330ceo.
The A350 is part of Azul’s fleet renewal plan and will replace the airline’s A330ceo aircraft.
Replacing its A330s with the A350 will enhance Azul’s commitment to sustainability and to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.
John Rodgerson, Azul CEO:
“We are very happy to present this news to our Customers, Crew and partners. The Airbus A350 is one of the most modern aircraft in existence, which will bring much more comfort to our customers and more efficiency in terms of fuel consumption and CO₂ emission, bringing a reduction in the cost per seat when compared to the A330CEO aircraft, which currently fly Azul’s long-haul flights.”
Passengers will enjoy a more silent, wider cabin, as well as larger panoramic windows and more space in the baggage compartments.
The A350 features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent engines.
These elements translate into 25% less fuel burn and CO2 emissions and 50% reduction in noise.
Azul is the largest airline in Brazil by number of flight departures and cities served.
It offers more than 900 daily flights to more than 150 destinations within Brazil and internationally to the United States, Europe and South America.
Routes: Azul flies extensively on domestic routes. International destinations include Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Lisbon.
Fleet: An operating fleet of about 150 aircraft:
- 48 Airbus A320
- 9 Airbus A330
- 33 ATR 72
- 48 Embraer E190
- 9 Embraer E195
(all numbers are approximate at date of writing)
N.B. Image credit: Azul