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Airbus has delivered the first major airframe section to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France on the 23rd of December 2011. The 21-metre-long front fuselage section, delivered from Airbus in Saint-Nazaire, is destined to become part of the A350 XWB static test airframe.
Final assembly of this airframe will start during the first quarter 2012 when the front fuselage is joined with the centre fuselage. Final assembly start of the first “flyable” A350 XWB will follow in the second quarter 2012.
About the A350 XWBThe A350 XWB twin-engine jetliner is shaping the future of air travel by offering a complete family of new-generation aircraft that is best suited to the market’s requirements for size, range, revenue generation, passenger comfort and the environment.
Airbus brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies in the A350 XWB to provide a 25 per cent step-change in fuel efficiency compared to its current long-range competitor. Contributing to this performance are the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines that power the A350 XWB family.
Over 70 per cent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials, combining 53 per cent of composite structures with titanium and advanced aluminum alloys. The aircraft’s innovative all-new Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage results in lower fuel consumption, as well as easier maintenance.
More information: www.airbus.com