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Airbus A350XWB "2013"

The Airbus A350 is a long-range, wide-body jet airliner developed by Airbus. The first A350 design proposed by Airbus in 2004, in response to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, would have been a development of the A330 with composite wings and new engines. As market support was inadequate, in 2006, Airbus switched to a clean-sheet "XWB" (eXtra Wide Body) design, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan engines. The prototype first flew on 14 June 2013 from Toulouse in France

Airbus A350XWB "2013"

Role Wide-body jet airliner
National origin Multinational
Manufacturer Airbus
First flight 14 June 2013
Introduction 15 January 2015 with Qatar Airways
Status In service
Primary users Singapore Airlines
Qatar Airways / Cathay Pacific / Lufthansa
Produced 2010–present
Number built 425 as of 31 May 2021

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Airbus A350XWB "2013"

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Airbus A350XWB " "2013"

The Airbus A350 is a long-range, wide-body jet airliner developed by Airbus. The first A350 design proposed by Airbus in 2004, in response to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, would have been a development of the A330 with composite wings and new engines. As market support was inadequate, in 2006, Airbus switched to a clean-sheet “XWB” (eXtra Wide Body) design, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan engines. The prototype first flew on 14 June 2013 from Toulouse in France. Type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was obtained in September 2014, followed by certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) two months later.
The A350 is the first Airbus aircraft largely made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer. It has a new fuselage designed around a nine-abreast economy cross-section, up from the eight-abreast A330/A340. It has a common type rating with the A330. . 

A350 XWB Design

The airliner has two variants: the A350-900 typically carries 300 to 350 passengers over a 15,000-kilometre (8,100-nautical-mile) range, has a 280-tonne (617,300-pound) maximum take-off weight (MTOW); the longer A350-1000 accommodates 350 to 410 passengers, has a maximum range of 16,100 km (8,700 nmi) and a 319 t (703,200 lb) MTOW.

On 15 January 2015, the initial A350-900 entered service with Qatar Airways, followed by the A350-1000 on 24 February 2018 with the same launch customer. Singapore Airlines is currently the largest operator with 55 airplanes in its fleet. As of May 2021, A350 orders stood at 915 aircraft, of which 425 had been delivered and all were in service with 39 operators. It succeeds the A340 and is positioned to compete against Boeing’s large long-haul twinjets: the 787-10, the 777, and its successor, the 777X.

Operators

Air China ChinaAugust 24, 2018Air China, B-1081, Airbus A350-941 (49587877052).jpg15   
Air France FranceSeptember 27, 2019Air france airbus a350 f-htya.jpg9   
Air Mauritius MauritiusOctober 23, 2017Air Mauritius, 3B-NBP, Airbus A350-941 (40664925983).jpg4   
Asiana Airlines South KoreaMay 15, 2017Asiana Airlines, HL7578, Airbus A350-941 (49589578567).jpg13 
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British Airways United KingdomAugust 5, 2019British Airways, G-XWBB, Airbus A350-1041 (49597471652).jpg  8 
Cathay Pacific Hong KongJune 1, 2016

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Airbus A350 XWB (2013)

The A350 XWB airframe is made out of 53% composites: carbon fibre reinforced plastic for the outer and centre wing box (covers, stringers, spars), fuselage (skin, frame, keel beam, and rear fuselage) and the empennage (horizontal and vertical tailplanes); 19% aluminium and aluminium–lithium alloy for ribs, floor beams, and gear bays; 14% titanium for landing gears, pylons, and attachments; 6% steel; and 8% miscellaneous. The A350’s competitor, the Boeing 787, is 50% composites, 20% aluminium, 15% titanium, 10% steel, and 5% other.

Specifications

  • Crew: 3 or 4 flight crew (2 pilots 

    Capacity: 214 passengers

    Length: 155 ft 5 in (47.4 m)

    Wingspan: 144 ft (43.9 m)

    Height: 51 ft 10 in (15.8 m)

    Empty weight: 251,324 lb (113,999 kg)

    Max. takeoff weight: 361,554 lb (163,998 kg)

    Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CF6-80C2 turbofans,

  • Performance

    Maximum speed: mach 0.8 (978 km/h)

    Range: 5,524 mi (8,889 km)

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There were 425 A350 aircraft in service with 39 operators and 49 customers as of May 2021. The largest operators were Singapore Airlines (55), Qatar Airways (53), Cathay Pacific (41), Lufthansa (17), Finnair (16), Ethiopian Airlines (16), Delta Air Lines (15), Vietnam Airlines (14), China Airlines (14) and other airlines operating fewer of the type.

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