China Airlines plots big Airbus order

China Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus for the acquisition of 14 A350-900 plus an additional six on option. The new generation medium capacity long-haul aircraft has been selected as part of the airline’s future fleet modernisation programme.

China Airlines intends to start using the all-new A350 XWB from 2015. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, especially developed for the A350 XWB.

The A350 XWB will primarily be deployed on the airline’s long-haul routes to Europe, Australia and the United States, enabling China Airlines to offer its passengers non-stop services on ultra long routes.

Chairman of China Airlines, Ringo K .S. Chao, said, “We are committed to procure the aircraft with the most modern technology and offering the highest cost efficiency for our future fleet requirements. This will allow us to offer our customers the most attractive product and to meet the ever-rising cost of fuel. The Airbus A350 XWB fully meets our requirements.”