The first Airbus A350 XWB for Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, revealing the aircraft in the carrier’s red, white and blue livery.
TAM Airlines’ first A350 XWB will now continue through the next stages of production, including the installation of engines, completion of cabin furnishing and cockpit fitting, before starting ground and flight tests.
The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to TAM Airlines in December.
TAM will become the first airline from the Americas to fly the A350 XWB and the fourth operator in the world.
LATAM Airlines Group, which owns LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines and their subsidiaries, has ordered 27 Airbus A350-900s.
TAM will soon have to give its first A350-900 a new livery, because within the next year or so TAM and LAN are merging operationally to create a single airline called LATAM, which will be easily the largest airline in Latin America.
São Paulo-based TAM will start operating the A350 XWB in January 2016 between São Paulo and Manaus. Soon thereafter TAM will introduce its A350-900s on international routes linking São Paulo with Miami and Madrid.
The A350 XWB’s extra-wide fuselage allows nine-abreast rows of 18-inch-wide seats in economy class. The aircraft also features wider panoramic windows, larger overhead stowage compartments and a new draft-free air conditioning system, as well as the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems.
By the end of August, the A350 XWB family had won firm orders for 782 aircraft from 40 customers.