Airbus Delivers First A350 from Assembly Factory in China

July 21, 2021

China Eastern Airlines Airbus A350 - SkyGoFly

Airbus has delivered its first A350-900 jet assembled and prepared at its widebody Completion & Delivery Centre in Tianjin, China to China Eastern Airlines.

The Completion & Delivery Centre (C&DC) is also in the same location as Airbus' Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, which covers the completion steps of its aircraft, as well as cabin installs, plane painting and product test flights.

The C&DC also conducts customer deliveries.

“I’m proud that Airbus successfully extended the capability of the widebody C&DC in Tianjin to the A350, the latest new generation aircraft, at such a difficult time of global aviation,” said George Xu, Airbus Executive Vice President and Airbus China CEO. “This is a new milestone in the long-term cooperation between China and Airbus, which further demonstrates Airbus’ commitment to the country. Congratulations to China Eastern Airlines, our long-term strategic partner, for receiving the first A350 delivered from China, and I appreciate their trust in Airbus and in our products as always.”

The centre was inaugurated in September 2017 with its capability on A330s. Then, during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to China in 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding on the Further Development of Industrial Cooperation was signed in Beijing by He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer, announcing the C&DC would extend its capability to A350 aircraft.

China Eastern Airlines: The Largest Airbus Operator in Asia

China Eastern Airlines is the largest operator of Airbus in Asia and the second largest operator in the world, with a fleet 413 planes: 349 A320s, 55 A330s, and nine A350 jets.

The A350, like Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, utilizes a carbon-fiber composite fuselage and wings, plus new more fuel efficient Rolls Royce turbofan engines.

The aircraft has an estimated 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions. 

As of June of 2021, Airbus had received 915 firm orders of the A350 from 49 customers worldwide.

[Source: Airbus]

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