22 JULY 2019


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Article from BTNews 22 JULY 2019

Air China in new £5bn A350 order

Another 20 Airbus A350s to add to 10 already in service have been ordered by Air China as potential replacements for the carrier’s oldest long-haul aircraft. Deliveries set to run from 2020 to 2022.

The latest order, which has a list price of US$6.5bn (about £5bn), consists of A350-900s, but Air China said it had taken an option for the last five to be delivered to be switched to the Dash-1000 version.

According to Aviation Week, Air China has four Boeing B747-400s, of which one is in storage, and its next oldest group of long-haul passenger aircraft are 30 A330-200s with an average age of 10.3 years, some of which could be retired in a few years.

Deliveries of the initial A350s began a year ago (BTN 13 August 2018), when the carrier became the first Chinese mainland customer to order and take ownership of the world’s newest twin-engine widebody aircraft,

Air China’s A350-900 features a three-class cabin layout with 32 seats in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 256 in Economy. The airline said it would operate the new aircraft initially on domestic routes with international operations to follow.


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