Toulouse, France - The first of the twenty Airbus A350-900 of China Southern Airlines appeared in Toulouse in full livery.
China Southern's first A350-900 is expected to enter into service on July 1st. The aircraft is initially planned on a daily flight between Guangzhou and Beijing. Its first long-haul routes have not been disclosed yet.
The aircraft will be configured to accommodate 28 passengers in Business class, 24 in Premium and 262 in Economy (314 seats in total).
A few days ago, the Chinese carrier has revealed the Business cabin of its new wide-body that will be fitted to its Airbus A350-900s.
China Southern Airlines placed its order for 20 Airbus A350-900 in April 2017 and it became the 45th customer of the Airbus's A350 family wide-body jets.
The airline hopes to receive six aircraft in 2019, six in 2020, four in 2021 and the last four in 2022. With the arrival of all A350s, It will be the seventh largest A350 operator in Asia-Pacific region after Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and China Airlines in Taiwan.
Besides A350-900s, the order book of China Southern Airlines includes 81 A320neo and 26 A321neo with Airbus, 56 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and ten 787-9 with Boeing, and twenty Comac C919 with the Chinese aircraft manufacturer Comac.