By: Staff / Published: April 15, 2016
The first Airbus A350-1000, the stretched version of the A350XWB family aircraft, has emerged from the Station 40 at the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.
The aircraft, bearing the manufacturer serial number 59, will now be transferred to the station number 30, where the initial ground testing of the aircraft systems takes place.
The team in the FAL celebrated this step forward of the A350-1000.
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This aircraft, the the first of three flight test aircraft to be built, will take to the skies for its maiden sortie before the end of the year, with deliveries expected to occur in mid-2017. To date, Airbus has secured orders for 181 aircraft, from 10 customers. Launch customer is set to be Qatar Airways, which also was the launch customer for the -900 variant. Other major A350-1000 customers are United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad and British Airways.
The A350-1000 is the longest fuselage version of the A350 family aircraft, and is to seat 366 passengers in a standard three-class layout over 8,000 nautical miles (14,800km). Intended to replace the Airbus A340-600, the A350-1000 comes also as a competitor to the Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777X.
The A350-1000 will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, which, so far, is the most powerful engine developed for an Airbus aircraft.
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