Video: China Airlines receives its last Airbus A350-900 with a special livery


Tai Pei - The Taiwanese airline operator China Airlines has taken possession of its 14th and the last Airbus A350-900. The aircraft wears a livery mixed with the carbon theme of the manufacturer and the traditional plum blossom logo of the carrier.

On October 22, Airbus delivered the A350-900 registered B-18918 (MSN239) to the Taipei- based airline. Like the other 13 copies, it is configured to accommodate 32 passengers in Business Class, 31 in Premium and 243 in Economy (including 36 in Skycouch).

The aircraft is also the first to display this distinctive livery, mixing the traditional livery of China Airlines (pink plum blossom on the empennage) and the carbon fiber decoration used by Airbus on some of its A350s during flight tests.

The SkyTeam alliance company operates its A350-900s on routes to Europe, the United States, and Asia-Pacific. Besides the A350-900s, the airline also operates 24 A330-300, four Boeing 747-400, and ten 777-300ER on its long-haul network, as well as 18,737-800 on domestic and regional routes.

The order book of the Taiwanese carrier is now empty, unlike those of its subsidiaries Mandarin Airlines and Tigerair Taiwan, which are expecting respectively additional ATR 72-600 and Airbus A320 aircraft.

China Airline's A350-900 is the 67th A350 XWB delivered by Airbus this year, and the 209th since the launch of the program. As of September 30, Airbus received 890 orders from 46 customers for the two models of its new widebody, A350-900 (717 including ULR variant) and A350-1000 (173).