Miami International airport (IATA: MIA) welcomed its first Airbus A350 service when TAM Airlines flight 9610 arrived from Sao Paulo. TAM is only the fourth airline in the world to receive and operate the Airbus A350 XWB which will provide Miami-Sao Paulo services on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The A350 is the latest in a string of new-generation aircraft that have started Maimi services recently. In October 2015, British Airways began using a 469-seat, twin-deck Airbus A380 for one of its two daily flights to London. Also last October, Air France began seasonal flights to Paris on a 516-seat A380, to meet that route’s strong demand during the winter travel season. Lufthansa Airlines was the first carrier to launch A380 schedules at MIA, providing daily services to Frankfurt, Germany that began in 2011 and still operates year-round.
TAM airline partner LAN Airlines was the first carrier in the Americas to add MIA’s third new generation aircraft – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. LAN Chile began flights to Santiago in September 2014 and Spanish airline Air Europa followed soon after with Dreamliner flights to Madrid in April 2015. TUI Group airlines TUIFly and JetairFly also operate the 787 on their routes to Amsterdam and Brussels, respectively.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T González commented: “We continue to expand our air service options with more airlines, global routes and pioneering aircraft, the latest of which is the A350 – an aircraft that entered the market just over a year ago. Congratulations to TAM for being the first airline in the region with this ultra-modern aircraft, and we welcome them to MIA’s growing list of milestones in 2016.”