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PICTURE: China Southern receives first A350

China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350.

The widebody, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines, will initially be operated by the carrier on domestic routes, such as those from Guangzhou to Beijing and Shanghai. International deployments will follow later.

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Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows that China Southern has another 19 other A350-900s. FlightGlobal previously reported that the 20 aircraft were the subject of a $6 billion purchase contract.

The airline operates a wide range of Airbus types — 332 aircraft in total — from the A319 up to the A380.

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