Ship 3502 was welcomed by a water cannon salute and drew in a large audience of passengers, aviation fans and employees. Within three hours of landing, the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 was ready for its first return flight from Japan to the United States.
Before the departure of Flight 276 from Tokyo to Detroit, Delta hosted a celebratory event with the flight passengers, reporters and employees. Drinks and mini cupcakes were served to the crowd while they enjoyed live music provided by a string quartet.
“Delta is investing billions of dollars in its aircraft and airport facilities to provide better products and services to our important customers. The A350 aircraft is among these investments, and this Narita – Detroit flight is the first route Delta has deployed for the latest aircraft,” said Masaru Morimoto, Delta’s Vice President – Japan, Micronesia and the Philippines. “Please enjoy your flight and our latest products, such as the Delta One Suite and Delta Premium Select.”
After Masaru’s welcome speech, Captain Harry O'Nan addressed the audience. “It is an honor to be here with you today for Delta Air Lines' Inaugural Airbus A350 service from Tokyo Narita Airport to Detroit, Michigan," said Captain O'Nan. "We sincerely thank you for being a part of this historic flight and for flying with Delta.”
Passengers received A350 postcards and first flight certificates while boarding, along with special welcome packs when they reached their seats, which included A350 first flyer pins, notebooks and pens, as well as gifts from TUMI and Westin.
Flight 276 departed from Tokyo with a full capacity of 306 passengers onboard.
Highlights of Delta's A350 include:
Delta One Suites
The award-winning Delta One Suites offer up to 32 customers a private, personal experience, with a full-height door at every suite for enhanced privacy and comfort. Each suite features a fully flat-bed seat with direct aisle access, as well as more stowage for personal items, larger in-flight entertainment screens and memory foam enhanced comfort cushions.
Delta Premium Select
Designed with comfort in mind, Delta Premium Select offers more personal space with up to 38 inches of pitch, seat width of 18.5 inches, seven inches of recline and adjustable leg and head rests. Customers will arrive well-rested thanks to upgraded pillows, blankets and amenity kits to give them all the travel essentials they need to settle in.
Customers benefit from free seatback in-flight entertainment on high definition screens, in-seat power ports at every row and high capacity overhead bins. Meanwhile, the A350 features larger windows and optimized cabin pressure, temperature and humidity to help customers feel more refreshed after a long-haul flight.
The aircraft is equipped with high-speed 2Ku internet connectivity and customers will have access to free mobile messaging while on board through iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.