Sichuan Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900 for ‘panda routes’

posted on 8th August 2018 by Justin Burns
Sichuan Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900 for 'panda routes'

Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900 leased from AerCap in Toulouse today – becoming the first Chinese mainland operator via leasing to take delivery of the widebody aircraft.

The A350-900 aircraft features a comfortable two-class cabin layout of 331 seats: 28 business, and 303 economy. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes, followed by its international ‘panda routes’.

Sichuan Airlines operates an all Airbus fleet of 135 aircraft, including 123 A320 aircraft and 12 A330 aircraft. In 2018 it signed an agreement with Airbus to order 10 A350-900s.

By the end of July 2018, Airbus 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.