Airbus Delivers First A350 From Chinese Completion & Delivery Centre to China Eastern Airlines
Airbus has delivered the first A350-900 from their widebody completion & delivery centre in Tianjin, China to China Eastern Airlines. China Eastern is the largest Airbus operator in Asia and the second largest in the world.
On Wednesday (July 21, 2021), Airbus announced the delivery of the first Airbus A350-900 from their widebody completion and delivery centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China. The aircraft was delivered to China Eastern Airlines, the largest Airbus operator in Asia and the second largest in the world. At the end of June 2021, China Eastern had a fleet of 413 aircraft, including 349 Airbus A320 Family, 55 A330 Family and nine A350s. The Tianjin widebody C&DC is located on the same site as the A320 Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre. The widebody completion and delivery centre covers completion activities such as cabin installation, aircraft painting, production flight tests, customer flight acceptance and delivery.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Airbus Executive Vice President and Airbus China’s CEO, George Xu, said,
“I’m proud that Airbus successfully extended the capability of the widebody C&DC in Tianjin to the A350, the latest new generation aircraft, at such a difficult time of global aviation. This is a new milestone in the long-term cooperation between China and Airbus, which further demonstrates Airbus’ commitment to the country. Congratulations to China Eastern Airlines, our long-term strategic partner, for receiving the first A350 delivered from China, and I appreciate their trust in Airbus and in our products as always.”
The Airbus A350 features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon-fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Combined, these elements help deliver a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions. The A350 also features the ‘Airspace by Airbus’ cabin and is the quietest of any widebody aircraft. As of June 30, 2021, the A350 Family of aircraft had received 915 firm orders from 49 global customers, making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.