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PICTURE: Airbus rolls out first painted Delta A350

Delta Air Lines first Airbus A350-900 has rolled out of the paint shop in Toulouse, with the carrier planning to debut the aircraft on flights to Asia from October.

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The aircraft (MSN 115) is scheduled for delivery to the Atlanta-based carrier in July, with it due to enter service on flights to Asia from Detroit in October, executives have said.

Delta will configure its A350s with 306 seats, including 32 in business, 48 in premium economy and 226 in economy.

The airline will use the A350 to replace aging Boeing 747-400s, which are scheduled for retirement by the end of the year.

Delta has firm orders for 25 A350s, with 15 due through 2019 and the balance from 2022.

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