Airbus has delivered the first A350 from its widebody completion and delivery center (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, marking a new milestone in the expansion of its global footprint and long-term strategic partnership with China.
The company delivered the A350-900 to China Eastern Airlines, the largest Airbus operator in Asia and second-largest in the world. At the end of June, China Eastern operated an Airbus fleet of 413 aircraft, including 349 A320-family aircraft jets, 55 A330-family aircraft, and nine A350s.
Located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 final assembly line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, the widebody center covers aircraft completion activities, including cabin installation, painting, and production flight test, along with customer flight acceptance and aircraft delivery.
Airbus inaugurated the center in September 2017, ahead of the start of work on A330s. The company announced that the center would extend its capability to the A350 in 2019.
“I’m proud that Airbus successfully extended the capability of the widebody C&DC in Tianjin to the A350, the latest new-generation aircraft, at such a difficult time of global aviation,” said George Xu, Airbus executive vice president and Airbus China CEO. “This is a new milestone in the long-term cooperation between China and Airbus, which further demonstrates Airbus’s commitment to the country.”