China Airlines orders 20 A350 XWBs

The order includes purchase of 14 A350-900s, with an option for six more.

China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest carrier, has signed a contract with Airbus Industrie (Toulouse, France) for the purchase of 14 composites-intensive A350-900 XWB passenger jets and has taken another six on option. The new generation medium capacity long-haul aircraft is being acquired by China Airlines as part of its future fleet modernization program.

China Airlines intends to start using the all-new A350 XWB from 2015. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, specially developed for the A350XWB, and will be fitted in a layout of 327 seats.

The A350 primarily will be deployed on the airline’s long-haul routes to Europe, Australia and the United States, enabling China Airlines to offer its passengers non-stop service on ultra long routes.

Chairman of China Airlines, Ringo K .S. Chao, said the decision to acquire the A350 XWBs was taken after a long and thorough evaluation and negotiation process. “We are committed to operate the aircraft with the most modern technology and offering the highest cost efficiency for our future fleet requirements. This will allow us to offer our customers the most attractive product and to meet the ever-rising cost of fuel. The Airbus A350 XWB fully meets our requirements”, he said.

“We are extremely pleased with China Airlines’ new vote of confidence in our future generation eco-efficient aircraft”, said John Leahy, Airbus’ COO-Customers. “The A350 XWB will enable China Airlines to meet the industry challenges of the future and to secure a strong position among the world’s top tier airlines”.