Early today, Azul Linhas Aéreas announced that its first Airbus A350 which it received a few weeks ago, would take flight on December 15. The flight, AD8706 will depart Aeroporto Internacional de Viracopos (VCP) at 09:00 local time and will land at Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 16:10.
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Azul Linhas Aéreas has just released the first route with its new Airbus A350 aircraft. The A350 has a capacity of up to 334 passengers and a fuel economy of about 20% per seat. The addition of the A350 is part of Azul’s fleet modernization. Nicknamed “50 Também É Azul” (50 is also blue), the new aircraft will be integrated into the fleet and operate flights to Orlando beginning on December 15.
Azul currently operates two daily flights from VCP to MCO, and only one of the two flights will be operated by the A350 from December 15. But starting on January 1, 2023, both of Azul’s daily operations to MCO will be on the new aircraft. Azul will take delivery of a second A350 by the end of the year.
The flights will take off from the Aeroporto Internacional de Viracopos in Campinas, home to the airline’s largest hub.
“We are thrilled to announce Orlando as the destination of our first Airbus A350. This is one of the Brasilian people’s favorite destinations. Now, passengers will be able to experience a more silent cabin, larger seats, larger windows, and larger overhead bins.” – John Rodgerson, President, Azul Linhas Aéreas
The A350 is configured in a three-cabin configuration with 33 seats in the business cabin, 102 Economy Extra, and 199 Economy. Beyond offering more comfort for passengers, the new aircraft is more efficient in fuel consumption and carbon emissions per seat compared to aircraft from previous generations.
Flying International with Azul
For those that fly internationally with Azul, whether to Europe or the United States, the experience begins before boarding. Azul’s Lounge Azul, located in the international area of the VCP airport, is an 820m2 lounge with a capacity for 240 people. The lounge features a theater, showers, panoramic views, and dozens of options for food and drink.
In Azul Business class, passengers have a complete seat, with direct aisle access, personalized meal options, and numerous entertainment selections. Those who fly in Economy Xtra can enjoy an experience with more legroom.
After years of going back and forth on the A350, Azul has finally taken delivery of the first of four set to be delivered. Photo: Azul Linhas Aéreas
The new A350 is fitted with the Panasonic eX3 inflight entertainment system, one of the most technologically advanced options on the market. The IFE screens in all cabins of the A350 are 16″, are equipped with a remote, and have a touchscreen mode. In addition, all screens are HD and equipped with USB ports for charging devices inflight.
Food is something that Azul does well and has not been forgotten. The airline will continue to offer four meal options, varying from meats, fish, and pastas. Meals will be accompanied by soups, salads, cheeses, bread, special appetizers, and varying desserts.