Less than one year after delivering the first
A350 XWB (-900), the first A350-1000 has started to take shape with the
assembly start of the first fuselage major components at Airbus
plants in Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire.
The forward fuselage section has been delivered
by Premium Aerotec to Airbus in Hamburg where it will be equipped
before being flown to Saint-Nazaire on board the Beluga.
fuselage section has been delivered by Stelia Aerospace to Airbus
in Saint-Nazaire for assembly and equipping.
The forward and nose
fuselage sections will then be joined together in Saint-Nazaire to
form the front fuselage which will then be flown by Beluga to the
A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse.
Assembly of the first A350-1000 wings got
underway in August this year at Airbus in Broughton and final
assembly of the aircraft will begin in Toulouse early 2016,
followed by the first flight second half 2016.
are scheduled to start mid-2017.
Measuring nearly 74 meters from nose to tail,
the A350-1000 is the longest-fuselage version of Airbusí all-new
family of widebody jetliners.
The A350-1000 seats 366
passengers in a typical 3-class configuration and can fly on routes
up to 8,000 nautical miles.
Maximising commonality with the A350-900, the
A350-1000 offers best-in-class cabin efficiency and comfort, with
new cabin crew rest compartment improvements, new In-Flight
Entertainment (IFE), optimised lavatory shapes and new galley
The A350-1000 will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines for maximised thrust.
Orders for the A350-1000 stand at 169 firm
orders from 9 customers. Total orders for the A350 XWB programme
stand at 782 orders from 40 customers.
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