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China Airlines A350 touches down in Melbourne

March 27, 2018 Airport No Comments Email Email

Having only commenced services to Melbourne a little over two years ago, China Airlines is adding capacity and upgrading their product by introducing an A350-900 to service the Melbourne-Taipei route.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said travellers will benefit from the aircraft upgauge, which provides a smoother travel experience and adds 5,631 seats both ways to Melbourne annually.

“Next generation aircraft like the A350-900 provide added benefits for travellers, which are evident on long-haul services such as the Melbourne-Taipei route,” said Mr Gandy.

“Travellers will experience spacious seating, higher ceilings and extra space overall. In addition, the aircraft contains a higher than average cabin humidity, great noise control, and an inflight satellite internet service.”

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Mr Gandy said the A350-900 features supreme operational efficiency with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs which will help airlines keep fares low.

“Another benefit of the upgauge is the increase in cargo capacity, as an A350-900 can carry 18 tonnes of freight per flight, supporting Melbourne’s capability to export and import goods to and from Taipei.

“In 2016 Melbourne was the first airport in Australia to launch an A350 service and it’s great to expand with China Airlines’ upgauge, adding next-generation aircraft technology to our busy international network.”

Melbourne currently provides access to 12 destinations in mainland China.

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