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5 questions you might have about Airbus A350

For those looking after the SAS travelers the introduction of the A350 offers many benefits. 
Bo Zachinelli, who works as a flight attendant and instructor, is more than pleased with what he’s seen so far.

What’s your role?
I’m a flight attendant and cabin crew instructor, and I’m responsible for the implementation of an A350 training course that we all have to take. It’s not a huge adjustment for us from a work perspective as the A350 is very similar to the A330, it’s just a bigger and better version, I would say.

What are your initial thoughts on the new A350?
The interior is a major improvement for us. The cabin pressure on these new aircraft is higher, which means the air inside is much less dry. That’s something passengers will experience too.

What other benefits are there for you?
The fact that the aircraft is more roomy means we have more space to move around. Also, the galleys are slightly larger, especially in the aft. Other features help too – the temperature is better thanks to the new floor panels. It is also more comfortable having our rest compartment in the upper part of the aircraft, rather than on the passenger level.

Do you need to undergo special training for the A350?
The A350 has the same features as the A330, so our systems and safety procedures and so forth are mostly the same, but staff have to be informed about the differences with a video and online course that we need to complete in combination with a follow-up exam.

How does it feel to be the first staff on a new aircraft?
I get a great sense of pride knowing I’m one of the first people to be working on a new plane. It’s a privilege to work in an environment that feels so fresh and modern. It’s nice to see passengers’ reactions and hear their reflections. We’re proud to welcome everyone onboard!

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