Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. With this new delivery, China Southern becomes the newest operator of the Airbus A350 aircraft family, which has proven to be a remarkable addition to airlines with long- and ultra-long-haul ambitions.
The state-owned airline is China’s largest carrier, with 615 aircraft and more than 100,000 employees stationed around the globe. China Southern operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries.
The A350 will join the carrier’s vastly diverse and growing fleet, comprised of 22 Airbus A319s, 136 A320s, 124 A321s, 48 A330s, five A380s, 215 Boeing 737s, two 747s, 24 777s, 21 787 Dreamliners, and 18 Embraer E190s.
The airline’s A350 will launch operations on domestic flights in China between its hubs in Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing, which will then be shortly followed by an international deployment.
China Southern’s delivery program of the A350 aircraft will see the carrier receiving six aircraft in 2019, six in 2020, four in 2021 and four in 2022.