Airbus to deliver first A350-1000 plane by year-end

Business Saturday 10/June/2017 18:54 PM
By: Times News Service
Airbus to deliver first A350-1000 plane by year-end

Toulouse, (France): Airbus plans to hand over its A350-1000, the latest member of the A350XWB wide body family, towards the end of the year.
The new plane, which has a configuration of 366 seats, will be delivered to Qatar Airways, the first customer of the new aircraft, senior officials at Airbus, told journalists ahead of the Paris Air Show.
The new aircraft has an order position of 211 planes from 12 airlines across the world and is in the final stages of certification.
The first test flight was conducted in November 2016 and three aircraft are conducting test flights to get certification,” according to two Airbus officials.
Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose to tail, the A350-1000 is designed for high efficiency, maximum reliability and optimised performance while offering passengers best-in-class comfort for an exclusive in-flight experience. The longer fuselage of the A350-1000 translates into greater capacity, enabling 40 additional seats in a typical three-class configuration and answering market needs with a larger Premium area.
The A350 XWB is an all new family of mid-sized wide body long-haul airliner, shaping the future of air travel. It has a high level of commonality with the A350-900, with 95 per cent common systems part numbers and similar rating.
As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900, the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.
Airbus had received orders for 851 A350-900 planes from 45 customers across the world operating the aircraft, which was handed over to an airline for the first time in 2014.
Born from a customer centric approach, the A350 XWB was designed to meet the multiple challenges of operational costs, rising expectations from passengers and increasing environmental concerns.
The A350 XWB’s all-new efficient design includes the latest and unique technologies improving performance in operation, competing with both the 787 and 777. The A350 XWB sets a new standard of efficiency in its class, burning 25 per cent less fuel and generating 25 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions, compared with the long-range aircraft it replaces.
The A350 XWB’s fuselage encompasses a 221-inch wide cabin providing the versatility to meet airlines’ expectations and generous space for passengers comfort in all classes. In a typical three-class configuration, the A350 XWB offers an Economy Class, with nine-abreast 18 inch-wide seats as standard, complemented by premium economy (eight-abreast) and business class perfectly accommodating any seat configuration.
Airbus has a total order backlog of 6,700 aircraft, which include the A380-800, A350-1000, A350-900, A330-900 and A330-800 passenger aircraft.