China Southern Airlines’ very first Airbus A350 has entered the final assembly line

China Southern Airlines’ very first Airbus A350 has started its final assembly in Toulouse. In April 2017, the airline signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s. In a few months, this brand new (and assembled) aircraft will be delivered to the Chinese airline.

China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family (269 aircraft), 50 A330 Family and five A380s. Next to 20 Embraer 190/195, the airline also operates over 250 Boeing aircraft: 213 Boeing 737, 2 Boeing 747 and 40 Boeing 777 and 787. In total, the airline has 599 in its fleet (source:

China Southern Airlines is happy with the unrivalled operational performance, fuel efficiency and cabin comfort of the A350 XWB, giving the airline a competitive edge on its international network.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The spaciousness, quietness, beautiful interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of comfort and well-being, setting new standards in terms of in-flight experience for all passengers.

China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s

Bart Noëth: Since 1996, I have been working in the Belgian airline industry, from a weekend job as a cabin aircraft cleaner to a flight attendant. After the demise of Sabena - in 2001, I created a website called, originally a meeting place for plane spotters and aviation freaks. Since 2017, the website changed into a professional news site. Next to aviation, I love to travel, wine and dine and enjoy my time off(-line) with my girlfriend, friends and family. My favourite football squad is KV Mechelen, I am an Ironman 70.3 finisher and my ambition is to complete a full Ironman.
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