Two Chinese airlines, Air China and Sichuan Airlines, have taken delivery of their first Airbus A350-900s. Flag carrier Air China is the first Chinese mainland customer to take ownership of the type, having ordered 10 in 2010. The aircraft (B-1086, msn 167) departed Airbus’ Toulouse headquarters on Aug. 8 (the number ‘8’ is often regarded by the Chinese as a number for good fortune and luck). The airline will operate the aircraft in a three-class layout with 32 business, ...

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