Airbus has rolled out from cabin furnishing & engine installation the first A350-900 XWB for China Airlines (CAL). The aircraft is prepared for customary tests before delivery.
The aircraft registered F-WZGV (B-18901 • MSN 049) is the first of fourteen A359 aircraft on order, and it is expected to be used on the airlines’ long-haul routes to Europe and on popular regional routes. The A350-900 will join China Airlines’ other Airbus fleet which consists of twenty-four A330s and four A340s on its regional and long haul services.
China Airlines has said that the jetliner will feature the airline’s plum blossom logo on the tail and a seating capacity of 306 — 32 in business class, 31 in premium economy, and 243 in economy.
The first A350-900 was scheduled to be delivered to CAL in July, and three others by the end of the year. However because of delays related to the backlog of aircraft ready to enter cabin completion stations on the final assembly line in Toulouse, Airbus has changed the delivery date and is expected to be by the end of September. As well as the A350XWB, Airbus has been experiencing difficulties with their A320neo, only Lufthansa, GoAir, IndiGo and Pegasus Airlines taking delivery of A320neos