Toulouse, France - Today, Airbus delivered the first of 20 A350-900 to China Southern Airlines.
The A350-900 of the Chinese carrier is configured to accommodate up to 314 passengers - 28 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 262 in Economy Class seats.
China Southern will initially deploy its new wide-body jet on its domestic routes, from its main base Guangzhou to Beijing and Shanghai. International routes will be revealed by the airline later this year.
The state-owned Chinese carrier currently operates an Airbus fleet of 335 aircraft, including 282 A320 Family single-aisle jets, 48 A330 Family wide-body jets, and five A380 superjumbo jet.
According to the manufacturer, the A350 XWB Family wide-body jets are well suited to the needs of Asia-Pacific carriers, especially when it comes to launching new long-haul routes.
To date, over a third of total firm orders for the aircraft came from the airlines headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region.
As of the end of May 2019, the A350 XWB Family widebodies of the European aircraft manufacturer have accumulated 893 firm orders from 51 customers around the world.