Travellers flying out of Melbourne now have additional access to next-generation aircraft featuring spacious seats, high ceilings and wi-fi connectivity.

The upgraded aircraft known as the A350-900 flew in over the weekend from Taipei, as a permanent replacement for China Airlines’ services in and out of Victoria’s capital.

In addition to providing flyers with extra comfort and entertainment, the aircraft was welcomed for its greater noise control, cabin humidity and extra capacity, with more than 5,000 seats added between Australia and China annually.

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Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Aviation, Simon Gandy, said the aircraft is of great benefit for travellers who’ll have a “smoother travel experience”.

“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.”

Simon Gandy, Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation

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Mr Gandy said the A350-900 also features supreme operational efficiency with a 25 percent 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,” he said.

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Melbourne Airport first welcomed the A350 aircraft back in 2016, making it the first Aussie gateway to receive the next generation plane.

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