China Airlines has shared a first look inside its new Airbus A350 fleet, which will begin flying in the second half of this year from Taipei to a host of cities across Europe.
The SkyTeam member has 14 of the advanced fuel-efficient jetliners on order with four slated for delivery from July to the end of 2016, six more in 2017 and a final four in 2018.
While the first tranche of A350s will allow China Airlines to retire its gas-guzzling A340 fleet on European routes, later deliveries will take wing to Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.
The A350 interiors have been shaped by Taiwanese designer Ray Chen, who also created the new look of China Airlines' Boeing 777-300ER cabin and its flagship lounge at Taipei's Taoyuan Airport Terminal 1 (shown below), which takes its cues from Chinese art and architecture to present a “Southern China-style garden" in the middle of the terminal.
China Airlines' Airbus A350 will exude similar influences, especially in the Premium Business Class cabin.
Starting from the same B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seat as on China Airlines' Boeing 777-300ER, and also adopted by Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia among others, each of 32 passengers will enjoy direct access to the aisle.
The seats convert into a 78 inch (1.9 metre) fully-flat bed, with an 18 inch video screen to keep you entertained during the flight.
However, Chen says that while the Boeing 777's cabin was built on an 'Ancient Oriental' theme, the A350 adopts a brighter 'Modern Oriental' palette, including LED mood lighting which counts among its schemes a cheery Chinese New Year display.
Behind the business class cabin is the Sky Bistro bar with self-serve drinks and snacks.
Further back are 31 premium economy seats arranged in rows of 2-3-2...
... which at 20 inches wide and with a 39 inch pitch add two inches in width and seven inches of pitch compared to the A350's 243 standard 3-3-3 economy seats.
All passengers will be able to tap into an inflight satellite Internet service.
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