China Southern adds first Airbus A350 to its fleet

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China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first of twenty Airbus A350-900 aircraft and becomes the 27th operator of the A350. The Guangzhou-based carrier, which left the SkyTeam airline alliance earlier this year, will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes to Shanghai and Beijing.

Flights to international destinations are expected to follow at a later date. However, potential routes have not been announced yet.

The brand new A350-900 aircraft features a three-class cabin layout of 314 seats: 28 business, 24 premium economy and 262 economy.

In addition to the Airbus A350, the airline currently operates an Airbus fleet of over 330 aircraft, including A320 family jets (including the new A320neo and A321neo), as well as A330 family aircraft. Moreover, the carrier is the only Chinese operator of the Airbus A380 jet. Besides the Airbus aircraft, the airline has Boeing 737, 777, 787 and Embraer E190 in its fleet. China Southern’s cargo subsidiary operates Boeing 747 and 777 freighters on cargo services to Europe and North America.