China Eastern Airlines receives its first Airbus A350

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China Eastern Airlines, the largest Airbus operator in Asia, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on Thursday.

The aircraft, registered as B-304D, a new registration format for China, was flown from Airbus’ Toulouse facility, where the aircraft type is being manufactured, to the airline’s home base in Shanghai.

The brand new aircraft features a four-class cabin layout with 288 seats and is equipped with on board WiFi connectivity. It will initially operate on domestic routes, such as Shanghai to Beijing and Guangzhou, followed by flights to international destinations, including Frankfurt, Sydney and Vancouver.

China Eastern has a total of 20 A350 airplanes on order, which will be delivered from 2018 through 2022.

At the end of October 2018, Airbus has recorded a total of 890 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 47 different customers worldwide.

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