Air China orders 20 more A350s for long-haul routes

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2019

It was not immediately clear if the order would bolster the Airbus order book or if it had previously been attributed to an unidentified customer.

The Airbus logo is pictured at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, March 20, 2019.

China's national flag carrier Air China signed agreement Thursday to buy 20 A350-900 planes from global aircraft producer Airbus to improve its transport capability.

Air China, which has 10 of the fuel-efficient widebody aircraft in its fleet already, said the deliveries were scheduled from 2020 to 2022.

This order will bring Air China's total tally of long-haul A350-900s to 30 and is expected to strengthen its fleet's capacity by almost 10 per cent.

"The company expects the new Airbus aircraft will deliver more cost-efficient performance and provide more comfortable services to its passengers", it added. That means Air China's total order for the aircraft type now stands at 30 planes, helping Airbus narrow a deficit in wide-body orders against its US rival.

Air China's latest order comes as the Chinese and USA governments continue a year-long trade dispute which has disrupted global supply chains and rattled financial markets.

In addition, Air China said it expected that the transaction would have no material impact on its cash flow and business operation.

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