Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) has taken delivery of its newest A350-900 aircraft, which features a unique joint livery that combines the airline’s distinctive plum blossom logo with Airbus’ exclusive A350 XWB carbon fibre pattern, marking the completion of its 14 aircraft order.
The airline operates these aircraft on non-stop long haul routes, including services from Taipei to Europe and North America as well on selected routes in the Asia-Pacific region.
China Airlines took delivery of the final A350 at a handover ceremony at Airbus headquarters in France on 22 October and will officially enter service on 26 October on the Taipei-Hong Kong route. The new aircraft will be the first in Taiwan to feature a joint Airbus livery and the only Airbus joint liveried aircraft to feature corporate colors.
The livery of the A350 Airbus joint liveried aircraft was applied using spray painting – a complex procedure and a departure from the current practice of digitally printed aircraft livery. Airbus’ classic carbon-fiber pattern creates a high-tech, woven geometric pattern that is complemented by the corporate identity colors of China Airlines.