Aug 09, 2018 (China Knowledge) - Air China takes delivery of an Airbus A350 aircraft on Wednesday, making it the first mainland Chinese carrier to own the world's leading widebody aircraft.
Air China has ordered a total of 10 A350 airliners from Airbus, six of which will be delivered this year. As of July 2018, Air China has operated an Airbus fleet of 201 aircraft, including 142 A320 Family aircraft and 59 A330 Family aircraft.
The first A350 aircraft is scheduled to make maiden flight from Beijing to Shanghai on August 14. The state-owned carrier will initially deploy the new aircraft on its domestic routes followed by international flights. In the future, the new fleet of A350 airliners are expected to be operated mainly between Shanghai airports and internationally destinations, said the airline.
The mid-size widebody long-haul airliner is typically known for its high fuel efficiency, low emission and passenger-friendly designs. The 312-seat aircraft in a 3-class configuration consists of 32 seats in business, 24 in premium economy and 256 in economy.
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