Airbus Receives Orders from China Eastern, Philippine Airlines for A350-900s
Airbus and China Eastern Airlines announced a new order for 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft Friday, while Philippine Airlines finalized an earlier order for six of the planes.
China Eastern which operates one of the largest Airbus fleets in the world with some 300 Airbus aircraft, is becoming the third airline in China to fly the A350. The order is worth $6.1 billion at current list prices
Philippine Airlines said it had finalized its order for six A350-900s with an option for six additional ones. It plans to use them on non-stop service from Manila to the United States as well as to open up new routes from Manila to European destinations.
The A350 is the newest member of Airbus’ wide-body family, and features new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines and carbon fiber fuselage. The aircraft offers a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions, while the extra wide cabin affords enough space for 18”-wide seats in economy when specified by the carrier.
To date, Airbus has received 783 firm orders form 42 customers around the world for the A350 XWB.
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