Airbus has begun assembling the first A350 XWB
The newest project, in the field of civil aircraft, is the Airbus brand A350 XWB - a family of twin-engine passenger cars, ultramodern, two-color (widebody), long courier, in the design phase. The final assembly of the first A350 XWB aircraft is currently taking place on the new factory line in Toulouse.
This structure of the first A350 XWB aircraft will be used for static structural tests, a process by which all new aircraft pass the road to the certification process. The first flight for A350 XWB, under the name MSN1, will take place this summer.
The central part of the fuselage was delivered with the help of the aircraft Airbus Beluga. It was transported from St Nazaire, France, on the 4 April. The front part was delivered, also from St. Nazaire, on 23 December 2011. The rear parts of the fuselage will be delivered from Hamburg, Germany, and will take place in the coming weeks. The wings will be delivered from Broughton, UK.
A350 XWB aircraft fuselage it consists, as you read above, of three main sections - front, center and stern (as in ships). These will be joined together at the main assembly line, station 50. After this step, the fuselage is transferred to station 40 where the wings and tail will be joined. And here's how a new airplane model takes shape. If all goes well, the tests will be able to start even earlier than the previously set date.
In February, Airbus tested the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine, the model that will equip A350 XWB aircraft. The engine was mounted on an Airbus A380 and the performance and efficiency of fuel consumption in the air were tested for approximately 5 hours. Everything went smoothly.
53% of the A350 XWB aircraft structure is made of composite materials, titanium and advanced aluminum alloys. To these we add Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) and get a fuselage easy to maintain and with a very good weight / fuel consumption ratio.
At the moment, The A350XWB family is in the development phase of three models:
- The A350-800 is the smallest model. It has a range of 15.400 km with 270 passengers in a cabin with 3 classes. He will enter service in 2014.
- The A350-900 is the average model. It has a range of 15.000 km with 314 passengers. He will enter service in 2013.
- The A350-1000 is the high capacity model. It has a range of 14.800 km with 350 passengers. It will be introduced in 2015.
So far, over 560 of A350XWB aircraft have been ordered.