China Airlines (CAL) has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. CAL’s A350-900 is configured with a premium three class layout with a total of 306 seats, comprising 32 in Premium Business class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 31 in Premium Economy and 243 in the main cabin.Altogether CAL has ordered 14 A350-900s.  

After an initial period flying on regional services between Taipei and Hong-Kong, the aircraft will be deployed on long haul flights, starting with Amsterdam, followed by Vienna and Rome.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The spaciousness, quietness, beautiful interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of comfort and well-being, setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Handover of the no. 1 A350-900 jetliner for China Airlines was marked during a delivery ceremony attended by management from China Airlines, Airbus and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. Pictured from left to right are: Phil Harris, SVP Sales-Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce– Nuan-Hsuan Ho, Chairman of China Airlines– Didier Evrard, Airbus Executive Vice President – Head of Programmes– and Ming-Zong Zhang, Representative of Taiwan in France

Airbus and China Airlines marked a key milestone with handover of this Taiwan-based carrier’s no. 1 A350 XWB jetliner on 30 September 2016. On Jan 10th 2017 Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Airlines (CAL) to support the development of the airline’s maintenance, engineering and technical training capabilities in Taiwan