Airbus has started construction work on the final
assembly line for the A350 XWB, the new wide-body aircraft scheduled to
enter service in 2013.
The 74,000 m2 factory will house the
first stages of final assembly for the A350 XWB: the
joining up of the fuselage and wings. Aircraft testing
and cabin equipping will then be completed in the nearby
The €140m Airbus facility at
Toulouse, France, will provide work for more than 1,000
people when fully operational, and will be the most
eco-efficient Airbus final assembly hall.
the construction work, the concrete and foundations of
the old buildings will be recycled and reused in the new
facility. An energy management system will optimise
energy use meaning that the photovoltaic roofing will
provide much of the buildings electricity requirements.
The new streamlined aircraft assembly process will allow
teams to work in parallel, reducing the time from start
of final assembly to aircraft delivery by 30%.
Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO said, “The
detailed definition freeze at the end of 2008 and the
start of construction work on our new Final Assembly
line confirm that the A350 XWB is making steady
progress. Set for first delivery in 2013, the A350 XWB
will shape efficiency for the aviation industry. The
global Airbus community, including our employees,
suppliers and customers, are working closely together
for the success of this programme.”
The A350 XWB
(Xtra Wide-Body) Family is Airbus’ response to
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and widespread market demand for a series of highly
efficient medium-capacity long-range wide-body aircraft.
With a range of up to 8,300 nm / 15,400 km, it is
available in three basic passenger versions: the
A350-800 accommodating 270 passengers, the A350-900
seating 314, and the A350-1000 for 350 passengers in a
typical three-class layout.
With power supplied by two new generation Rolls Royce
Trent XWB engines, the A350 XWB Family is designed to
confront the challenges of volatile fuel prices, rising
passenger expectations, and environmental concerns.
Just over two years after launch, orders for the
aircraft stand at 478 from 29 customers, making it the
fastest selling new aircraft programme in the history of
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