European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has delivered the 100th Airbus A350 XWB aircraft to Taiwanese carrier China Airlines. Airbus A350-941 B-19089 (MSN 121) was handed over to the airline on 25th July, at Airbus’ Toulouse-Blagnac facility in France.
The milestone delivery comes just 30 months after Airbus delivered the first commercial production A350 to Qatar Airways, on 18th December 2014. As part of a small ceremony to commemorate the event, a 3D sign was placed in front of the jet to allow for some photographic opportunities.
The aircraft then departed to Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport, arriving at the carrier’s hub on the 26th of July.
Speaking at the ceremony, Airbus COO and President of Commercial Aircraft, Fabrice Bregier, said:
“The 100th A350 XWB milestone comes as we reach our fastest widebody production ramp-up, on track to meet the target of 10 A350 deliveries per month by the end of 2018.
We are especially proud to deliver today’s aircraft to our long-standing customer China Airlines. The A350 is setting new standards for long haul air travel in terms of efficiency and comfort, thus being the perfect aircraft for China Airlines to expand its long-haul network.”
Chairman of China Airlines Nuan-shuan Ho also spoke at the event:
China Airlines is happy to be receiving the 100th A350 XWB. This remarkable new aircraft has not only met, but exceeded our expectations at every level. This includes operational efficiency, the step-change reduction in fuel consumption and the in-flight comfort standards it offers our passengers.
Worldwide demand for air travel will continue to grow strongly, especially on long haul routes linking Asia with Europe and North America. The A350 XWB is one of the key assets in our fleet and will be the basis for the development of our long haul route network.”
To date, the A350 XWB has been delivered to 14 airlines worldwide and is flying with an outstanding operational reliability rate of approximately 99%.
The aircraft features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines. These latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions and significantly lower maintenance costs.
As the founding member of the “Airspace by Airbus” cabin brand, the A350 XWB cabin provides passengers and crews the best in comfort, well-being and technology. The above image shows China Airlines’ spacious business class cabin layout.
Airbus has recorded a total of 847 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.