FARNBOROUGH — Airbus has launched their campaign at the Farnborough Airshow with an order for 10 A350-900s from Sichuan Airlines.
The order is valued at over $3.1 billion at list prices and was agreed to earlier this year.
The aircraft is said to be deployed on non-stop long-haul routes such as Chengdu to North America and Europe respectively.
Sichuan will enjoy up to 25 percent fuel efficiency on this aircraft compared to previous generation aircraft according to Airbus.
This order pushes the A350 program to nearly 900 units sold. With a healthy amount of A350 orders at this week’s Airshow, there is no reason why the A350 can surpass 1,000 units by the end of the year.
With their A350 order, Sichuan will look to grow their long-haul network with routes to Europe and North America entirely possible. Sichuan Airlines currently operates on over 30 international routes, including routes from Chengdu to Moscow, Sidney, Dubai, and Vancouver.
Sichuan previously had four A350 aircraft on order through lessors. Their first A350 recently finished final assembly at Airbus in Toulouse and will be delivered later this year.
The airlines currently operate an all-Airbus fleet of over 130 A320 and A330 aircraft.
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