TAM Airlines’ first Airbus A350 XWB took off Jan. 25 on its first scheduled flight from São Paulo/Guarulhos to Manaus, Brazil. The aircraft, registered PR-XTA and operated as flight JJ3408, was welcomed with the traditional water salute at Manaus International Airport.

TAM VP-operations and maintenance Ruy Amparo said, “Over the coming weeks, our customers will enjoy the unique opportunity to fly aboard the A350 XWB on a domestic route in Brazil. Our employees, especially those working in operating areas, will take the opportunity to get to know the new model better while we operate domestic flights. The aircraft features the latest innovations in aerodynamics, design and cutting-edge technology. In March, passengers in the USA will get a closer glimpse of the A350 XWB, followed by the Spaniards in the following month.”

The A350 XWB will be one of LATAM Airlines Group’s main aircraft to operate long-haul flights to the US and Europe. LATAM, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has ordered 27 A350 XWBs (15 -900s and 12 -1000s), valued at $7 billion at list prices. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered through 2021. TAM’s second A350 XWB is scheduled to arrive in late-February and another five aircraft are scheduled for delivery over the course of the year.