Airbus have confirmed that the first A350-1000 front fuselage is now being assembled.
Internal suppliers have dispensed fuselage major components to Airbus plants in Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire and it has been announced that the production of the aircraft is now underway, only one year after the delivery of the A350-900.
The new A350-1000 will be the largest version of the wide body aircraft. It will feature an extended trailing edge to resize the wing and will measure more than 7m longer than the A350-900.
One of Airbus’ facilities in Broughton began assembling the first A350-1000 wings in August and final assembly is said to begin in Toulouse in 2016. The aircraft’s first flight is planned for later that year.
The A350-1000 is said to be faster, quieter and far more efficient in operation.
In a recent press release, Airbus said:
“Maximising commonality with the A350-900, the A350-1000 offers best-in-class cabin efficiency and comfort, with new cabin crew rest compartment improvements, new In Flight Entertainment (IFE), optimised lavatory shapes and new galley arrangements. It will be powered by Trent XWB-97 engines for maximised thrust.”
“Orders for the A350-1000 stand at 169 firm orders from 9 customers. Total orders for the A350 XWB program stand at 782 orders from 40 customers.”