Toulouse - The first of twenty A350-900 expected by China Eastern Airlines has made its maiden flight. Chinese carrier will receive two copies before the year-end.

Airbus published a photo of the inaugural flight of the first of twenty A350-900 ordered by China Eastern Airlines. The MSN248 will be delivered to the Chinese airline operator in the coming weeks.

The Shanghai-Pudong airport-based carrier has chosen to configure its A350-900s with four seats in First Class, 36 in Business (1-2-1), 32 in Premium (2-4-2, a first in the fleet) and 216 in Economy (3-3-3).

China Southern Airlines has placed the order for 20 A350-900 in 2016. The SkyTeam alliance company will take delivery of two aircraft in 2018, three more in 2019, two in 2020 and the last thirteen between 2021 and 2022.

With the arrival of the first device, China Southen will join the other Chinese airlines operating A350XWB family aircraft such as Cathay Pacific, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Sichuan Airlines (of which China Southern is a shareholder) and Air China.