China Airlines' first A350 delayed in production lag
June 12, 2016, 12:05 am TWN
TAIPEI — China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan’s leading international carriers, said earlier this week that production of its Airbus A350 order has fallen behind and that the first aircraft will not be delivered until the end of September.
The first of the 14 aircraft ordered by CAL was scheduled to be delivered in July but Airbus said production on its assembly lines was lagging, which would delay delivery of the first A350 by three months, the carrier said.
Due to that problem, Airbus will not be able to deliver the next three aircraft on time either, CAL said.
The Taiwanese carrier has placed an order with Airbus for 14 extra wide body aircraft in the A350-900 series, which generally have a seating capacity of 325.
The first A350-900 was scheduled to be delivered to CAL in July, and three others by the end of the year.
Due to the delivery delay, CAL said, it will have to adjust its schedule for the European market.
With the acquisition of an A350 fleet, CAL is hoping to boost its competitiveness in the European market, offering non-stop flights to several European destinations.
In April, CAL unveiled a bird-themed logo for its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with the aim of promoting Taiwan’s attractions.
A Mikado pheasant, a species endemic to Taiwan, will adorn the fuselage of CAL’s first A350-900s, while a Formosan blue magpie will be featured on the second jet, the carrier said.
CAL is not the only airline facing a delay in delivery of A350 aircraft.
Thai Airways has also been informed that its first delivery will be in August instead of July, while Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qatar Airways are also experiencing delivery delays.