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Airbus delivers first A350XWB from its C&DC center in China

China Eastern Airlines A350XWB (B-323H) - Photo courtesy of Airbus 

On July 21st, Airbus delivered the first A350XWB (B-323H) produced at China's widebody completion & delivery center in Tianjin, extending the airliner manufacturer's presence in the Asian market.

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The first Chinese-made A350XWB was delivered to Asia's largest Airbus operator: China Eastern Airlines and the world's second-largest Airbus operator.

Airbus delivers the first A350 from its completion and delivery center in China - Photo courtesy of Airbus 

The Shanghai-based airline, China Eastern Airlines, by the end of June 2021, was operating a fleet of 413 Airbus, including 349 - A320s and 55 of Airbus' wide-body aircraft: the A330. The Chinese carrier currently operates 9 - A350s. Furthermore, at the end of June 2021, Airbus received 915 firm orders from 49 airlines worldwide. 

The CEO and Executive Vice President of Airbus China emphasize that he is proud about the expansion of production capacity in Tianjin for the A350XWB, even though it is a difficult moment for global aviation, especially commercial aviation, still recovering to pre-pandemic levels. And according to him, it marks long-term cooperation between Airbus and China, with China Eastern Airlines as its partner member in the company's strategic plan in Asia.

Infographic First A350 Delivery From China - Courtesy of Airbus 

Tianjin is where Airbus' narrow-body aircraft (A320) final assembly line is located and aircraft fulfillment activities such as cabin installation, aircraft painting, flight tests, aircraft delivery, etc. The Airbus center located in China's northeastern port city of Tianjin was inaugurated in September 2019 to meet the demand for A330s only. And recently expanded the production line capacity for the A350s.

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