The delivery of China Airlines’ first Airbus A350 has been delayed until September, due to a backlog of aircraft at the manufacturer’s final assembly plant.
The carrier had been due to take delivery of the next-generation aircraft in July, before rostering the A350 onto its European routes to Amsterdam, Rome and Vienna from the end of this year.
But China Airlines says the first delivery is now scheduled for September, with Airbus blaming “a backlog of aircraft ready to enter cabin completion stations on the final assembly line”.
The carrier said that Airbus “has expressed its apologies to China Airlines and assured China Airlines that it does not expect any further changes to the airline’s delivery schedule”.
China Airlines has a total of 14 Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft on order.