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China Eastern Airlines takes delivery of its first A350-900

Posted 29 November 2018 · Add Comment

China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900 in Toulouse, becoming the twin-engined widebody aircraft's latest operator.



Above: China Eastern Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900.

The Shanghai-based carrier now operates an Airbus fleet of 356 aircraft, including 306 A320 Family aircraft and 50 A330 Family aircraft (figures at the end of October 2018). China Eastern is the largest Airbus operator in Asia and second largest in the world.

China Eastern’s A350-900 aircraft features a modern and comfortable four-class cabin layout of 288 seats: four first, 36 business, 32 premium economy and 216 economy. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes, followed by flights to international destinations.
 
To date, A350 XWB firm orders from carriers in the Asia-Pacific region represent over a third of total sales for the type.


 
The A350-900, the A350-1000 and derivatives, are the longest range airliners in operation, with a range capability of up to 9,700nm. The A350 XWB features  carbon fibre wings and fuselage, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines.
 
At the end of October 2018, Airbus has recorded a total of 890 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 47 customers worldwide.

 


 

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