The A350 XWB development programme is moving on with full speed as its development fleet has obtained its fifth and final aircraft. The testing program of the referred aircraft has achieved more than 2,000 flight-test hours:
With the first flight yesterday of A350 MSN005, the five-strong development fleet is now complete. Being the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 and tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation, MSN005 embodies the operationally definitive configuration for Type Certification duties. This milestone means that the A350 XWB development programme is at full speed and on track for certification in the third quarter of this year, to be followed thereafter by delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways in the fourth quarter.
As of today, the A350 XWB programme has already achieved more than 2,000 flight-test hours in around 500 flights, and with this the programme is demonstrating the highest flying rate ever achieved in Airbus flight tests, with around 80 flight hours per aircraft per month.
The A350XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) has also complete hot weather testing in United Emirates, as varied weather & temperature conditions constitute an important factor on determining – testing an aircraft’s operational performance:
Airbus’ A350 XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) completed hot weather testing in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The objective of the tests is to check the behaviour of the engines and aircraft systems at temperatures reaching above 40°C.
The aircraft performed several tests in flight as well as on the ground, including heat soak tests. These involve the airplane being left on the ground and in the sun for several hours and checks later performed on various cooling systems.
The A350 XWB is getting closer to certification in Q3 2014. To date it has performed more than 2,000 flight test hours in over 460 test flights. The programme is on track to deliver the first customer aircraft in Q4 this year to Qatar Airways.
A350-800 it is the shortest version of the A350 family in terms of fuselage as it accommodates 276 passengers by giving a new comfort dimension in the mid-seized widebody aircraft of its category:
The A350-800 is the shortest fuselage version in Airbus’ new A350 XWB all-new family of mid-sized widebody airliners. It accommodates 276 passengers in a typical two-class cabin, with a flight range of 8,250 nautical miles.
A shortened variant of the family’s cornerstone A350-900, the A350-800 retains maximum commonality with family’s other versions, with the same cross section, cockpit and pilot type rating – along with common engines, systems, operating and maintenance procedures.
Its extra widebody 220-inch interior cross-section is five inches larger than the nearest competitor. This provides the additional space for integrating innovative premium class solutions at up to six- or seven-abreast seating, while providing airlines with the advantage of comfortably accommodating economy class passengers at eight-, nine- or 10-abreast arrangements.
The A350 XWB’s wide fuselage cross-section was designed for an optimum travel experience in all classes of service. Passengers will enjoy more headroom, wider panoramic windows and larger overhead storage space. With a cross-section of 220 inches from armrest to armrest, the jetliner’s cabin provides the widest seats in its category, being five inches larger than its nearest competitor. In addition to providing the space for unmatched premium first class and business solutions, the A350 XWB allows for high-comfort economy seating in a nine-abreast arrangement, with a generous 18-inch seat width.
Over 70 per cent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials that combine composites (53 per cent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The innovative carbon fibre reinforced plastic fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance. With this new fuselage – along with the latest systems and engines, as well as an advanced wing optimised for Mach 0.85 cruise speed – the A350-800 is a step ahead of its direct competitor, benefitting from an eight per cent lower fuel burn, eight per cent lower operating costs, and eight percent lower CO2 emissions.
The A350-900 is focused on medium-to-long haul operations, by offering maximum comfort for passengers in combination with operational efficiency for operators:
The A350-900 is the cornerstone member of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB Family, which is tailored to meet airlines’ future market requirements in medium-to-long haul operations.
As the first A350 XWB Family version that will enter airline service, the A350-900 has the same optimised cabin cross-section as the other A350 XWB versions (A350-800 and A350-1000) – which ensures maximum comfort for both passengers and crew while guaranteeing operators optimum revenue potential and operating efficiency.
This jetliner accommodates 315 passengers in a two-class configuration, while offering unbeatable economics in high-density seating and true long-haul capability with a range of up to 7,750 nautical miles.
Airbus’ right-sized interior cross-section for the A350 XWB Family is five inches larger than the nearest competitor, allowing operators to comfortably accommodate economy class passengers at eight-, nine- or 10-abreast arrangements.
The A350-1000 is the aircraft with the longest fuselage version of the family and with possible configuration for accommodating more than 400 additional passengers:
Measuring 74.3 metres from nose to tail, the A350-1000 is the longest-fuselage version of Airbus’ all-new family of widebody jetliners, which is designed for high efficiency, maximum reliability and optimised performance.
In a typical two-class configuration, the A350-1000 seats a total of 369 passengers. Combined with a range of 8,000 nautical miles, this represents a significant revenue-generating advantage for operators. The aircraft also can be configured for a higher-density layout to accommodate up to 400 passengers.
The seating flexibility offered in economy class begins with a baseline nine-abreast configuration. Premium economy is created in an eight-abreast arrangement, while 10-abreast seating is available for high-density layouts – which are accommodated without the need for cabin modifications or floor reinforcement.
Finally, the development of the A350 XWB aircraft by Airbus proves the real dynamism of the modern aviation industry, which is to have a central role in the efforts for enhancing global economic growth. Advanced aircraft production + innovation => A350 XWB.