Airbus has delivered its first Airbus A350 from China. The delivery centre, located in Tianjin, China, is allowing Airbus to expand its global footprint and long-term strategic partnership with China.
The aircraft, a -900 variant and registered B323H, was delivered to China Eastern Airlines. The aircraft had a special sticker applied marking the occasion.
China Eastern Airlines, is the largest Airbus operator in Asia and second largest in the world. The airline operated a fleet of 349 A320 Family aircraft, 55 A330 Family aircraft and nine A350 aircraft.
George Xu, Airbus Executive Vice President and Airbus China CEO said
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,
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.”
Airbus originally opened the Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line in 2008, before inaugurating the wide-body centre in 2017. The centre was meant to be for A330s, however, in 2019 it was announced the centres capability would be expanded.