(21 July 2021)
Airbus delivered the first A350 from its widebody completion & delivery centre in Tianjin (C&DC), China, to
China Eastern Airlines, the largest Airbus operator in Asia and
second largest in the world.
Located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin
A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery
Centre, the widebody C&DC covers the aircraft completion
activities, including cabin installation, aircraft painting and
production flight test, as well as customer flight acceptance and
The centre was inaugurated in September 2017 with
its capability on A330s. Then, during the visit of French
President Emmanuel Macron to China in 2019, a Memorandum of
Understanding on the Further Development of Industrial Cooperation
was signed in Beijing by He Lifeng, Chairman of the National
Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, and Guillaume
Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer, announcing the C&DC would
extend its capability to A350 aircraft.
“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’ commitment to the country. Congratulations to China
Eastern Airlines, our long-term strategic partner, for receiving
the first A350 delivered from China, and I appreciate their trust
in Airbus and in our products as always.”
At the end of June 2021, China Eastern
operated an Airbus fleet of 413 aircraft, including 349 A320
Family aircraft, 55 A330 Family aircraft and nine A350 aircraft.
China Eastern’s newest A350 is an A350-900
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