Delta unveils livery on its first A350

Delta's first A350-900 sporting the airline's livery at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France (Photo: Airbus) (click to enlarge)

Last week, Delta unveiled its livery on its forthcoming Airbus A350-900. The plane was painted at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. No new or special liveries here except for the Delta widget on the winglets, but the plane looks sharp in Delta colors. Delta posted the following video of the painting process and the finished product:

The A350 will be the first aircraft to feature the all-suites Delta One cabin (Photo: Delta Air Lines) (click to enlarge)

Delta is deeming the A350 its "flagship," and the plane will be the first to feature the new all-suites Delta One cabin. The A350 will replace the Boeing 747-400 on the company's Pacific routes. While I can't wait to fly one of the new planes, I am sad to see the 747 heading to retirement. Last week, I visited the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta and toured the first 747-400 which is now on display there. While the plane is a little long-in-the-tooth, it still has a majesty no other aircraft, including the Airbus A380, can match. Nevertheless, it's the dawn of a new era and as an Atlantan and a big fan of Delta, I am thrilled that my hometown airline will be the first U.S. operator of the A350!