We’ve all heard about Boeing’s carbon fiber 787 aircraft, but there is a competitor in town: the Airbus A350. China Airlines is the latest airline, in addition to Qatar Airways and Thai Airways, to take advantage of the advanced aircraft.
China Airlines is set to take delivery of the jet during the third quarter of 2016. The carbon fiber material uses less fuel than standard aircraft made of aluminum.
“The first A350 XWB for China Airlines (CAL) has rolled out from cabin furnishing & engine installation at the Airbus Toulouse Final Assembly Line. The aircraft is now ready to proceed to further ground and flight testing. This first A350-900 for CAL is scheduled for delivery in Q3 2016,” Airbus said in a press release.
China Airlines has ordered 14 A350s, while Airbus has received 810 orders for the jetliner across the board.
“It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs,” Airbus said in a press release.
Have you ever flown on an A350? It’s a rare plane to fly on, so we’d love to hear your experiences!