Toulouse - Airbus completed the assembly of two A350-900s in Toulouse factory for Air China and took them out of painting atelier for delivery.
The first A350-900 (MSN 167) was painted with the livery of the Chinese national company in early December and was followed by MSN 178 just after the new year eve. Air China has ordered ten A350-900s. The delivery of the first aircraft was scheduled for December 2017. The reason for the delay was not explained.
The Chinese airline operator did not reveal the configuration chosen for the cabin. Nevertheless, in late July last year, Panasonic Avionics announced that it would equip the ten A350-900s with its eX3 entertainment and connectivity system (IFEC), presented by the equipment manufacturer as "at the forefront of the industry."
With eX3, Air China will offer its passengers an unforgettable experience that will allow them to watch movies and TV, listen to music or connect to apps on their favorite social media like WeChat,said Hideo Nakano, President, and the CEO of Panasonic Avionics.
In November 2007, Air China became in November the first Chinese airline to operate both the Airbus A320neo and the Boeing 737 MAX 8. China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are the two other Chinese state-owned airlines that have ordered both the A350 and the 787.
On January 4, Air China shared a video on its Twitter account showing the painting process of its A350-900.
No effort was spared in making sure the newest member of the #AirChina fleet was perfect down to the last detail before its big debut. Click to watch, and welcome the Airbus A350! pic.twitter.com/t0xtFnXI9z— Air China (@airchina) January 4, 2018