The first A350-900 for the German carrier Lufthansa took its maiden flight to Munich, three weeks before the scheduled delivery in mid-December.
The airframe (D-AIXA, MSN 74), took off from Toulouse in a test flight where all systems and aircraft behaviors are tested during all stages of flight.
Following the December 19th delivery, Lufthansa Technik will handle the installation of the cabin interiors in Munich.
The first revenue flight is scheduled for February 10, 2017, serving the Munich-Delhi route.
In September of 2013, Lufthansa ordered a total of 25 A350-900s, 15 of which will be based in Frankfurt, the other 10 being based in Munich with a goal of phasing out the existing A340 fleet of 21 A346s and 10 A343s.
The A350-900s (A359) will be configured with 293 seats, 224 in Economy class, 21 in Premium Economy, and 48 seats in Business Class.
According to Lufthansa, the A359 produces 25 percent fewer emissions because of the 25 percent reduce in fuel usage. This variant also has an up to 50 percent lower noise footprint compared to other aircraft types in this sector.