A total of 14 airlines around the world operate both the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787. Stretching across the globe, these airlines utilize both of the competing jets, though some use each plane for a different purpose. While most carriers like to stick to a single type of widebody, a diverse widebody fleet can have some benefits.
The Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are competing jets. Both are widebodies that are ideal for long-haul and some ultra-long-haul routes. Some prestigious A350 routes include between Singapore and New York using the specialized Airbus A350-900ULR while the 787 can do Perth to London nonstop.
First up, alphabetically, is Air China. In the airline’s interim results for 2020, the 700-plane strong airline noted that it operates both the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787. There are ten A350-900s in the carrier’s fleet and 14 Boeing 787-9s. Air China expects to take a further 15 A350-900s by the end of 2022.
Air China uses both aircraft primarily for long-haul missions, though they also do fly some high-profile and high-demand domestic routes. Air China outfits its A350-900s in a 312-seat configuration with 32 lie-flat reverse herringbone business class seats, 24 premium economy seats,