China Southern takes delivery of first A350-900
28 June 2019
China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 20 A350-900 msn 318, becoming the newest operator of this latest generation twin-engine, long-range widebody aircraft. The Guangzhou-based carrier operates an Airbus fleet of 335 aircraft, including 282 A320 Family aircraft, 48 A330 Family aircraft and 5 A380 aircraft (figures at the end of May 2019).
China Southern’s A350-900 aircraft features a three-class cabin layout of 314 seats: 28 business, 24 premium economy and 262 economy. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes from Guangzhou to Shanghai and Beijing, followed by flights to international destinations.
To date, A350 XWB firm orders from carriers in the region represent over a third of total sales for the type, Airbus said.
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. At the end of May 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever, Airbus claimed.