MIAMI — Airbus has rolled out from cabin furnishing & engine installation the first A50-900 XWB for China Airlines (CAL). The aircraft is now ready for customary tests prior delivery.
The aircraft (F-WZGV • B-18901 • MSN 049) is the first of 14 aircraft on order, and it is expected to be deployed on the airlines’ long-haul routes to Europe and on selected regional routes. The A350-900 will join China Airlines’ other Airbus fleet including 24 A330s and four A340s on its regional and long haul services.
CAL said the jetliner will carry the airline’s plum blossom logo on the tail, and with a seating capacity of 306 — 32 in the 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, due to the delays related to the backlog of aircraft ready to enter cabin completion stations on the final assembly line in Toulouse, Airbus adjusted the delivery date, expected to be by the end of September.
Airbus has also experienced difficulties in delivering the A320neo, postponing the initial delivery due in December 2015 to Qatar Airways, swapping places with Lufthansa as the launch operator. To date, only Lufthansa, together with IndiGo, GoAir and Pegasus Airlines have taken delivery of the type.