Haikou - HNA Group subsidiary Hainan Airlines has taken possession of its first Airbus A350-900.

On September 29, the first of fifteen Airbus A350-900 aircraft expected by Hainan Airlines took off from Toulouse for its home base Haikou-Meilan international airport.

Initially intended for Beijing Capital Airlines, another subsidiary of the HNA group, the MSN098 registered B-1069 is currently painted with the livery of Beijing Capital Airlines and is expected to undergo repainting before entering commercial service in mid-October.

Hainan Airlines has not revealed the cabin configuration of its A350, but those put into service by Hong Kong Airlines (also HNA subsidiary) can accommodate 33 passengers in Business class and 301 in Economy.

The A350-900 is the 60th aircraft delivered from the A350 family in 2018, and the 202nd since the launch of the program.

On the other hand, Hong Kong Airlines is expected to delay the delivery of four A350-900 (five in service out of 20 in order), which were to be commissioned this year and in 2019 on the routes to London and New York.

The company justified the delay with changes in market conditions, and feedback on flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver.