China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 20 Airbus A350-900s to further strengthen its expanding long-haul fleet. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on domestic routes, followed by flights to international destinations.

The Shanghai-based carrier also operates an Airbus fleet of 356 aircraft, including 306 A320 family aircraft and 50 A330 family aircraft, as of October 2018.

China Eastern’s A350-900 features a four-class cabin layout of 288 seats: four in first, 36 in business, 32 in premium economy and 216 in economy class.

At the end of October, Airbus said it has recorded a total of 890 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 47 customers.

Linda Blachly linda.blachly@informa.com