In Pictures – Final Assembly of First A350 XWB

Final assembly of the first Airbus A350 XWB is now underway. This latest step in the A350 XWB’s progress is achieved as Airbus starts joining the 19.7 metre long centre fuselage with the 21 metre long front fuselage.

Unfortunately, this first Airbus A350 XWB airframe will never fly but solely be used for the static structural tests that all new aircraft undergo as part of their certification process. The assembly of the first flying A350 XWB, MSN1, will start during summer.

The centre fuselage was delivered to Toulouse on Wednesday 4th April 2012 by Beluga from Airbus in St Nazaire, France. The front fuselage was previously delivered from St Nazaire to the A350 XWB final assembly line on the 23rd December 2011. Delivery and installation of the aft fuselage from Hamburg, Germany will take place in the coming weeks, followed by the wings delivered from Airbus’ wing assembly site in Broughton, UK.

The Airbus A350 XWB Family consists of three passenger versions with true long-range capability of flying up to 8,500nm/15,580km. In a typical three-class configuration, the A350-800 will offer 270 seats while the A350-900 and the A350-1000 will offer 314 and 350 seats respectively.

Airbus A350 XWB Final Assembly

Airbus A350 XWB Final Assembly Toulouse France

Airbus A350 XWB Final Assembly France

Airbus A350 XWB Final Assembly

Photos: (c) Airbus S.A.S 2012

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