Airbus has delivered the first A350 from its wide-body Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin (C&DC), China, taking additional steps in the expansion of its global footprint and long-term strategic partnership with China. The A350-900 aircraft was delivered to China Eastern Airlines, the largest Airbus operator in Asia and second largest in the world. At the end of June 2021, China Eastern Airlines operated a fleet of 413 Airbus aircraft, including 349 A320 Family aircraft, 55 A330 Family aircraft and nine A350 aircraft. Located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, the wide body C&DC covers the aircraft completion activities including cabin installation, aircraft painting and production flight test as well as customer flight acceptance and aircraft delivery.
The centre was inaugurated in September 2017, with its capability focused 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. The A350 features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon-fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these features translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and COS2 emissions. The A350’s ‘Airspace by Airbus’ cabin is the quietest amongst any of the wide-body aircraft, and offers passengers and crew the maximum number of modern in-flight products for the ultimate comfort in flying experience.