It seems in a blink of an eye that the A350 entered service. Yesterday, Airbus delivered their 100th A350-900 aircraft to China Airlines.
100th Airbus A350 delivered to China Airlines with Airbus and China Airlines staff – Image, Airbus
It’s been around 30 months since the first A350 was delivered to Qatar Airways – and since then, Airbus has been ramping up its production of their newest widebody airplane.
Fabrice Bregier, Airbus COO and President Commercial Aircraft states:
“The 100th A350 XWB milestone comes as we reach our fastest widebody production ramp-up, on track to meet the target of 10 A350 deliveries per month by the end of 2018,
We are especially proud to deliver today’s aircraft to our long-standing customer China Airlines. The A350 is setting new standards for long haul air travel in terms of efficiency and comfort, thus being the perfect aircraft for China Airlines to expand its long-haul network.”
Airbus has delivered A350s to fourteen carriers so far. The airframer has orders for 847 of the type (including the smaller -900 and the larger -1000 variants).
So far, the airframer has delivered 37 aircraft this year, with a 99% dispatch rate in-service since the A350 was introduced to service.
China Airlines is happy to receive the 100th aircraft with Nuan-shuan Ho, Chairman of China Airlines stating:
“China Airlines is happy to be receiving the 100th A350 XWBThis remarkable new aircraft has not only met, but exceeded our expectations at every level. This includes operational efficiency, the step-change reduction in fuel consumption and the in-flight comfort standards it offers our passengers. Worldwide demand for air travel will continue to grow strongly, especially on long haul routes linking Asia with Europe and North America. The A350 XWB is one of the key assets in our fleet and will be the basis for the development of our long haul route network”
China Airline is now in possession of half of its order of A350s – with 14 on the books, and 7 delivered.
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