China Eastern Airlines is poised to introduce its new Airbus A350-900 on domestic routes, following delivery today of the first of 20 aircraft on order.
The Shanghai-based carrier is configuring its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered twinjets with a four-class cabin featuring 288 seats, comprising four in first class, 36 in business, 32 in premium economy and 216 in economy.
The airline, which has a fleet of 356 Airbus aircraft, will move the A350 onto international routes after an initial spell using the twinjet on domestic routes. China Eastern is the largest Airbus operator in Asia and second largest in the world, says Airbus.
According to Flight Fleets Analyzer, Airbus has delivered around 220 A350s to date.