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The A350 Service to Philadelphia
A more general question about Qatar’s inauguration of using the Airbus A350 on its flight from Doha to Philadelphia. I believe the service commences on New Years Day (morning, to be exact). My question is am I correct that that particular plane will become that largest commercial plane – dimensions, etc. – to use that airport on a regularly-scheduled basis? Am I correct in that?
Also, any sense that the airport had to make any modifications to the infrastructure to accommodate this machine?
I know last year there was a sort of accidental or unplanned stayover by an A380, a plane for which I think the airport is not certified (for anything other than a quasi-emergency situation, as this was). Just wondering if you have any background on the A350 story, vis-a-vis this particular airport.
The A350 can use existing infrastructure that is used for other large planes, such as a Boeing 777 or Airbus A340, both of which are planes that flew to Philadelphia today, from British Airways and Lufthansa, respectively. Based on seat count, the Qatar A350 will be the largest plane currently scheduled to the city of brotherly love.
[USER=1301]@Nolan[/USER], that’s interesting. I thought the 777 was larger than the A350. Do you know which version of the 777 is serving the airport?
It was a British Airways 777-200ER with, to the best of my knowledge, 219 seats. Qatar’s A350 has 283 seats.
Ah, of course. I was thinking of the 777ER which is larger. That does just beat out the 279 seat A340 that LH flies into PHL but AA beats them both with A333 that they fly to MAD with 291 seats.
Ah, didn’t think an A330 would have more seats than an A350-900, but you are correct. Those are some tight seats. The A350 is very comfortable; haven’t gotten to fly on one but I did get a chance to tour MSN002, and it was quite nice, even in coach.