SAA operates first A350 commercially


South African Airways recently operated its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft for the first time commercially in the domestic market.

The aircraft is one of four new Airbus A350-900 jets in SAA’s fleet.

As additional aircraft are introduced, more routes will be operated by the Airbus A350-900s, such as SAA’s ultra-long haul routes between Johannesburg and New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport.

The A350 will replace the Airbus A340-600 and will still operate Johannesburg-New York on a non-stop basis.

The Airbus A350-900 is configured with a maximum of 339 seats, of which 30 are business class and 309 economy class seats, with the first six rows in economy offering extra legroom.

The business class cabin has lie-flat beds.