China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft.
The Chinese airline operates the fourth-largest fleet in the world, with 700 passenger and cargo aircraft including Boeing 787, Boeing 777, Boeing 747, Boeing 757, Boeing 737 and Airbus A380, A330, A321, A320 and A319.
Tan Wangeng, President of China Southern Airlines said: “With its very long range capability, economic fuel consumption and spacious cabin, the A350 XWB is the ideal choice for our international long haul routes. The introduction of the A350 XWB will help to strengthen our position as one of the world’s leading international carriers.”
“We are proud to welcome China Southern Airlines as the latest airline to select the A350 XWB,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “The unrivaled operational performance, fuel efficiency and cabin comfort of the A350 XWB will give China Southern Airlines a competitive edge on its international network.”
With this latest order, Airbus has recorded a total of 841 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide.