Airbus has delivered the first A350 from its widebody completion & delivery centre in Tianjin (C&DC), China, taking additional steps in the expansion of its global footprint and long-term strategic partnership with China.
World2fly, the new long-haul airline recently founded by the
Spanish hotel company Iberostar, has taken delivery of the first of two A350-900s on lease
from Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL), becoming the latest operator of the world’s most
efficient large widebody aircraft.
When the Covid-19 crisis hit last year, the grounding of airline fleets across the world struck the aviation industry to its core. But, as Albert Einstein apparently noted, ‘In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.
The A330-800 has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The aircraft’s certification flight-test campaign was successfully performed by aircraft MSN1888, which completed the programme in 370 flight test hours and 132 flights since its first flight in November 2018.
Fiji Airways has become the first airline from the South Pacific region to take delivery of the A350 XWB, the world’s most modern all new wide-body aircraft. The A350-900 which was delivered following a ceremony in Toulouse, is the first of two A350 XWBs that will join Fiji Airways’ fleet. Both aircraft are being leased from Dubai-based DAE Capital. The aircraft are the first to be directly purchased by DAE Capital from Airbus.
Lufthansa Group, the biggest Airbus operator, has signed an order for 20 additional A350-900 wide-body aircraft, following a decision by the company’s supervisory board. This latest agreement brings Lufthansa Group’s total orders for the A350 XWB to 45 with 12 aircraft already in operation around the world.
As global air traffic continues to grow, airlines are seeking larger jetliners to accommodate the ever-increasing passenger volumes, and Airbus is well positioned to respond with a widebody family that offers efficiency and profitability for airlines, as well as high comfort levels for their passengers.
Providing strong evidence that the commercial aircraft market remains healthy, Airbus announced $39.7 billion worth of new business during the 2017 Paris Air Show. The company won commitments for a total of 326 aircraft, including firm orders for 144 aircraft worth $18.5 billion and MoUs for 182 aircraft worth $21.2 billion.