Air China has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 in Toulouse today and becomes the first Chinese mainland customer to order and take ownership of the aircraft.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, Air China’s A350-900 aircraft features a comfortable three-class cabin layout of 312 seats: 32 business, 24 premium economy and 256 economy. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes, followed by flights to international destinations.
As of July 2018, Air China operates an Airbus fleet of 201 aircraft, including 142 A320 aircraft and 59 A330 aircraft.
Airbus said the A350 brings new levels of efficiency and comfort to the long-range market, and is particularly well suited to the needs of Asia-Pacific airlines. To date, A350 firm orders from carriers in the region represent over a third of total sales for the type.
Up to the end of July 2018, Airbus has recorded a total of 890 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 46 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.