Assembly of the first A350-1000 has been completed

The assembly of the first A350-1000 has been completed, and the plane was rolled out of the hangar on its own wheels, to move from Station 40 to Station 30.

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The first A350-1000 has emerged from Station 40 at the Airbus Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse.

The aircraft, with manufacturer serial number (MSN) 59, will now be transferred to Station 30, where the initial ground testing of the aircraft systems takes place.

After Station 30, the plane will be moved out of the FAL to undergo more tests, painting, engine installations and cabin fittings. It will then be handed over to the Flight Test Center.

 

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This stretched version of the A350-900 is the biggest member of the A350 XWB family seating up to 366 passengers is a standard 3-class layout over 8,000NM. It is intended to replace the A340-600 and comes as a competitor for the Boeing 777-300ER and 777X.

This variant of the A350 XWB family will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the most powerful engine designed to equip an Airbus aircraft.

It will take to the sky for the first time before the end of the year, with deliveries to start in mid-2017

Airbus currently has received 181 orders for this aircraft from 10 customers. The launch customer will be Qatar Airways, which was the launch customer for the -900 variant. Other A350-1000 customers are United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways and British Airways.

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