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Old March 5th, 2010, 08:48 AM   #261
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Interesting to see that a lo-cost carrier has ordered the A350.
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my god, the new design of the A350 looks very ugly!! is the first time, i think that a boeing product looks better, but B787 seems cutie. hope, airbus upgrades the cabin standards on its new airplanes... im looking forward for...
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Airbus poised to reveal details of A350 XWB catalogue

By Mary Kirby - FlightGlobal.com - 18 Mar 10

Airbus intends to reveal more detailed information about its Airbus A350 XWB catalogue following an airline customer event next month, the airframer tells ATI. "The development of the A350 XWB customer catalogue is at a mature stage but of course under constant review with customers and the extended enterprise partners. It is designed to also incorporate future innovations," says an Airbus spokesman. "After our next A350 XWB customer event mid of April we will provide more detailed information on the catalogue and its content."

Airbus has already begun announcing partnerships with various in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and interiors suppliers to the A350.
The airframer's joint venture with SITA, the in-flight connectivity service provider known as OnAir, was recently selected to be linefit offerable on the aircraft. Airbus also intends to make Panasonic Avionics' IFEC solutions - including its Ku-band satellite-based eXConnect system - line-fit offerable on the A350, once Panasonic shows it meets the airframer's architectural requirements for the widebody twinjet.

In the interiors space, Airbus has signed a contract with Recaro with the intention of offering the aircraft seat manufacturer's lightweight Comfort Line CL3620 economy class seats on the A350. A version of the seat is already installed on Qantas' Airbus A380s. "Not only Recaro, but also B/E Aerospace, Weber Aircraft and EADS Sogerma are contracted suppliers to provide seats for the Airbus A350 XWB," says the Airbus spokesman.

Once the A350 catalogue is defined, airline customers will be required to select economy class seating from the catalogue. "The economy seating is following the catalogue offer. First class and business class configurations can be outside of the catalogue offer, but have to come from Airbus contracted suppliers," he says.
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Germany close to agreement on A350 financing-Hintze

FRANKFURT, March 22 (Reuters) - Germany needs to work out a few more details with Airbus (EAD.PA) before granting the European planemaker funding for its A350 jetliner, government aerospace spokesman Peter Hintze said, according to his office.

Hintze had already said last year Germany was prepared to provide 1.1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) financing to help Airbus get the 10 billion euro project off the ground.

German daily newspaper Die Welt on Monday cited Hintze as saying funding was available, and all conditions for a positive financing decision had been met. Hintze's office confirmed that statement. The A350 is being designed to compete with Boeing's (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner which completed its maiden flight in December.

Boeing was first to the market with its successful 787 and gained a five-year advantage while Airbus hesitated over strategy and focused initially on its larger A380 superjumbo.

Airbus has since recovered some ground as Boeing grapples with two years of production delays that pushed first delivery to the end of this year. (Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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my god, the new design of the A350 looks very ugly!! is the first time, i think that a boeing product looks better, but B787 seems cutie. hope, airbus upgrades the cabin standards on its new airplanes... im looking forward for...
Oh yeah Boeing sucks!
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Airbus devises plan to compress A350 flight-testing by three months
By Max Kingsley-Jones | Flightglobal.com | 22 Apr 10

Airbus aims to meet the A350's mid-2013 service-entry target by compressing the flight-test programme into 12 months, after revealing that it has burnt up some of the development programme's " buffer".

The A350-900's 12-month, 2,600h flight-test programme will begin in mid-2012 with the maiden flight of the first of five development aircraft.

The date for the first flight has slipped by three months because of development delays in the aircraft's structural design, but Airbus is confident it can meet the mid-2013 service entry target for launch customer Qatar Airways by reducing the original 15-month test programme by three months.
"We've got five aircraft in the flight-test programme - which is more than we usually have," says A350 chief engineer Gordon McConnell.
He says that the original 15-month plan had been generous - some customers had questioned why it would take Airbus so long - and the airframer has been running projects with its flight-test and engineering teams to devise ways of compressing it.

One example is the flight manual process, says McConnell: "In the past we've done the aerodynamic testing to freeze the configuration, then the performance testing, and then built the flight manual. We've been working to make that a more concurrent effort." The flight manual will now be built ahead of flight testing and will then be checked during flight-testing, with adjustments being made when necessary. "We've been able to save quite a lot of time on that critical path," he says.

The first two A350s to fly (MSN001 and 003) will be heavily instrumented. MSN001 will undertake all of the flight-envelope opening at the beginning of programme, to enable the aerodynamic and flight-control configurations to be frozen. "MSN003 will be more devoted to performance and systems testing, but the two aircraft will be interchangeable because they have the same instrumentation," says McConnell.

The third A350 to fly will be MSN002, which will have a cabin installed. "We'll fly that early in the programme so we can do proper operational testing on the cabin and deliver a mature aircraft to customers," says McConnell.

MSN004 and 005 will undertake operational tests and extended twin-engine operations trials towards the end of the programme, with Airbus planning to have up to four of the first five aircraft airborne before end-2012.

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Airbus opts for larger wing on A350-1000 through trailing edge extension
By Max Kingsley-Jones | Flightglobal.com |*23 Apr 10

Airbus is working to reach the design freeze for the largest A350 variant, the -1000, in the middle of this year and has revealed that the stretched aircraft will feature a slightly larger wing the -800/900 models.

The 369-seat -1000, which has an 11-frame stretch over the -900, is due to enter service at the end of 2015. A separate A350-1000 design team was set up in 2009, headed by the XWB programme's deputy engineer Alain De-Zotti, which is examining trade-offs for the design, says chief engineer Gordon McConnell. Detailed definition is due to be completed at the end of 2011.

Airbus's operational requirement targets for the -1000 include keeping the approach speed to 150kt (277km/h) at maximum landing weight, compliance with London's QC1 noise requirements for arrival and QC2 for departures, and the capability to reach an initial cruise altitude of 33,000ft (10,000m) in less than 30min. "With these parameters we were able to do the work to design the wing, and we found that with some changes to the trailing edge we can meet all these requirements," says McConnell.

The wing will feature a trailing-edge extension increasing its area by 4%, which McConnell describes as "quite a big change because it extends the high-lift devices and the ailerons, making the chord bigger by around 400mm. We've been able to optimise the flap lift performance as well as gain more performance in the cruise."

The -1000 design team will work this year to finalise the changes over the -800/900, with some other less significant trade-offs to be completed on the configuration. Windtunnel tests will be run this year based on the enlarged wing, covering both performance and loads. "This will allow us to size the structure properly, which will give us a good idea on the weight delta of the aircraft," says McConnell.
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FARNBOROUGH: Smart safety avionics in the A350

By David Learmount

The Airbus A350's pilots will have, as standard, an advanced landing safety function that will warn the pilots, during approach, of the risk of runway overrun. This is the most common type of airline accident, occasionally fatal but almost always damaging to the aircraft.

The runway overrun protection system (ROPS) has been developed from the A380's "brake-to-vacate" (BTV) capability, says experimental test pilot Peter Chandler, whereas BTV itself will be optional on the A350. BTV is a programmable braking control system which, if set before landing, provides automatic braking to slow the aircraft evenly to enable the crew to turn off the runway at a chosen exit, potentially reducing runway occupancy time. BTV would be particularly useful when landing in marginal visibility.

ROPS does much more. It provides the pilots, during approach, with a visual display of where the aircraft will stop on the selected runway in both dry and wet conditions if the aircraft carries out a standard stabilised approach at the correct speeds. If the runway is too short, the stop lines show beyond the end of the runway, and the pilots receive spoken and visual warnings.

This GPS-linked function is active in real time, so if the pilots approach to fast or too high, or land too far down a runway that originally showed as sufficiently long, the visual information about stopping positions is continually adjusted and warnings are activated if necessary.

The crew can call up an image of the desired runway layout on to the navigation display to designate the runway required (Toulouse Runway 14L, for example). The pilots then designate the runway by using their keyboard cursor control unit to place the magenta chevrons over the threshold of Runway 14L and click. Seconds later, the magenta crossbars across the runway show where the landing roll would come to a full stop if the runway were dry, and the second - further on - if it were wet. If the runway were too short the crossbars would be in the overrun.

When ROPS provides the stopping point designators early in the approach, it assumes you will fly a standard profile at standard reference speeds, crossing the threshold at 50ft (15m) and putting the aircraft down in the touchdown zone. But if the aircraft is high and fast on approach, the ROPS knows, and the stopping point designators move away down the runway.

An extended flare will have the same effect. If the stop bars move beyond the runway end at any stage, the pilots get two warnings: one scripted on the primary flight display in red capital letters saying "runway too short", and a recorded voice saying the same words.

Also standard on the A350 will be a system that enables the autopilot to fly a traffic alert and collision avoidance system resolution advisory avoidance profile, unless overridden by the pilots. If the aircraft is being flown manually at the time of an advisory, the pilots can fly it by following the flight director crossbars instead of the more complex resolution advisory guidance on the TCAS.

By the time the A350 flies, however, this new system, know as "autopilot/flight director TCAS mode", will have become standard on all new Airbus aircraft, and available for retrofit on the existing fleet.

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LAP Laser places laser systems in A350 manufacturing

Airbus will purchase 220 LAP Laser projection systems for the layout of composite parts and structures on the A350 XWB commercial airplane.

LAP Laser (Cincinnati, Ohio and Lueneburg, Germany) reports that Airbus has purchased 220 LAP laser projection systems for the layut of composite parts and structures on the new A350 XWB wide-body commercial jet.

Airbus will use the laser projectors in the manufacture of carbon fiber components for wings, fuselage and tail units to further optimize the efficiency of production. During build-up of the carbon fiber components, the LAP systems will indicate by laser beams where each individual carbon fiber layer has to go. This saves time and money as the components no longer need to be aligned by means of difficult-to-handle templates and complicated measurements. The laser projectors are also used to check the position of the layers during the assembly process. This ensures that any errors in the manufacturing process are precluded at a very early stage.

The projectors guide the operators step by step through the complete process of component build-up. The software displays working steps like positioning of carbon fiber plies, but also the exact marking of other part locations in the correct order.

During the next three years, Airbus will install a 220 laser projectors at production facilities in Germany, Spain and France. The first projectors will be already shipped in the middle of 2010 to the Aerolia works in Meaulte, France.

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Aerolia: mix of composites and metals for the A350 XWB

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In both the design office and production, important milestones are being crossed on the A350 XWB Programme, illustrating Aerolia’s Design & Build strategy and its development based on metal and composite technologies; as unveiled on the 07th of July 2010.

The 1st Composite Panel for the A350 XWB

At Méaulte, in the 18,000 m² Composite Unit, currently near completion, the A350XWB nose fuselage sections will be manufactured. During building work, a team of 15 Aerolia engineers, technicians and workers is working at Nantes where, alongside Airbus teams, they have just produced the first all composite panel for the A350XWB.
Presented on 7 July, this composite panel has a thickness varying from 2 to 5 mm, with a surface area of 12 m² , fitted with 14 stiffeners.
The successful non-destructive ultrasonic tests bear witness to the quality of this panel, validating the manufacturing processes to be implemented by Aerolia in the new Composites Unit in Méaulte for an investment of € 160 Millions.

The 1st cockpit window frame

At Méaulte, the 1st A350XWB window frame was presented to Aerolia's Airbus Customer on 7 July. A key part of aviation cockpits, the window frames are integrally machined to provide this exposed section of the aircraft with the required stiffness.
Three 5-axis machines controlled by CATIA, produce these frames automatically in compliance with quality and weight requirements. Machined from an aluminium blank weighing 1.5 tonnes, the A350XWB window frame is machined down to 27 kg for a thickness of 22 cm, a length of 1 m 82 and a width of 1 m 36. All the cockpit window frames for all the aircraft of the different Airbus families are produced here at Méaulte.

On-time delivery of pipes

On the Aerolia Saint-Nazaire site, the Systems Unit produces all the tubes & pipes for the whole A350XWB fuselage. Within the framework of this contract, won last year in a competition with ten other suppliers, the team has just delivered the first 130 pipes for the test benches of the cooling systems in the cockpit, and forward, centre and aft fuselage sections.
All these pipes were delivered to Airbus Hamburg on schedule and with the required quality. A performance made possible by the integrated technological process implemented between the Design Office and the Saint-Nazaire industrial site, both Aerolia.
This industrial milestone will be followed by the manufacture and delivery to its Airbus Customer of hydraulic pipes for the Iron Bird (aircraft 0) between the end of October 2010 and the beginning of February 2011.

The 1st aeronautical aluminium-lithium panel: a “step ahead”

At Saint- Nazaire, the first A350XWB panel has been stretch formed. This panel is the 1st aluminium-lithium panel to be used on a commercial aircraft. It will be assembled on the fatigue test specimen of the future Airbus product.
This step was accompanied, at the end of June, by the production of the 1st aircraft lower sill, a part of the nose fuselage and the Section 11 upper shell, giving a preview of this work-package, which has the particularity of associating composite and metallic technologies, depending on the location of the panels.
Finally, the entry into service of the F5X Large mechanical machining unit will contribute to the production of panels for the A350XWB as well as for the A380. Starting production in September 2010, the FX5-Large will increase the machining capacity of the Aerolia Panel Line by 20% and will produce very large size 3D panels, up to 10.5m long, 3.3m wide and with a camber of 1.2m, associating technological performance and precision in an environmentally-friendly process.
To date, more than 5200 “greener” panels machined on the F5X are already installed on Airbus A320 and A330-340 aircraft.

The Design Office - the best in composite and metallic technologies

At Toulouse, within the Aerolia Design Office, during the first half-year the 100 engineers and collaborators working on the A350XWB Programme have defined the long-cycle parts such as these panels and window frames, presented to Aerolia's Airbus Customer on 7 July.
During the second half of the year, they will finalise the detailed dimensioning of the aircraft in order to start production of all the drawings.
Milestone after milestone the Aerolia Design Office is concretising the Design & Build strategy of the world No. 2 in nose and forward fuselages, using the best of its skills in composite and metal technologies.

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Airbus at Hamburg: Topping-out ceremony for new A350 XWB hangar
16 July 2010

Today Airbus celebrated the topping-out of the new A350 XWB fuselage assembly hangar. In the presence of Hamburg's Senator for Economics and Labour Affairs, Axel Gedaschko, the topping-out wreath decorated with carbon fibres was mounted to the roof edge at a height of 27 metres.

From spring 2011 the aft fuselage sections will be assembled from CFRP shells with a length of up to 17 metres and equipped with all of the flight-relevant systems in the A350 XWB assembly hangar, which offers a production area of about 15,000 square metres. The forward fuselage sections will be delivered completely assembled to Hamburg for installation of all systems. The A350 XWB will have the largest composite fuselage worldwide, measuring 5.96 metres in diameter.

For the first time ever, the fuselage will be equipped using large pre-assemblies. The ceiling module, for instance, will be pre-assembled outside the fuselage, i.e. it is first equipped with air ducts, supply lines and attachment elements for the overhead stowage compartments before it is installed as a whole in the fuselage. In this way the time needed for equipment installation can be reduced by up to 20 percent.

"The A350 XWB's CFRP fuselage that we are developing and manufacturing here in Hamburg will be a key technology for aircraft of the 21st century. Therefore, we are very proud of building the most modern production facilities for the world's most efficient long-range aircraft," said Gerald Weber, Head of Operations Airbus.

Increased use of composite materials combined with the latest in aerodynamics and advanced technologies make the A350 XWB the most efficient aircraft in its class, delivering a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn compared to current aircraft in the same size category. The wider and more spacious cabin with its panoramic windows will offer unprecedented levels of comfort to passengers on long-haul flights.

The German aviation industry has a significant share in the development and production of the A350 XWB. More than 30 design and production companies are involved in the A350 XWB programme. For example, the entire fuselage and the cabin are developed at the Airbus Hamburg plant, which also assembles and equips the fuselage sections. The Stade plant manufactures the vertical tailplane and large wing components. And Airbus in Bremen not only develops the high-lift systems, which significantly contribute to the excellent flight performance, but also equips the wings with all flight-relevant systems. The cabin management system is produced at the Airbus site in Buxtehude.

The A350 XWB is a new family of widebody airliners and is available in three passenger versions. The A350-800 will fly 270 passengers in a three-class configuration up to 8,300 nm/15,400 km. The 314-seat A350-900 and the 350-seat A350-1000 will offer similar long-range performance.

The A350 XWB airframe will have 53 percent composite materials, lightening the weight and thereby maximising fuel economy.

The order book for the A350 XWB now stands at 530 aircraft. Final assembly of the first aircraft is anticipated in 2011, with the first delivery (of an A350-900) scheduled for 2013.

Notes to the editors:

- The floor space of the new hangar is about 7,700 m². Dimensions: 64 m x 120 m. The entire A350 XWB production area is about 15,000 m².
- Completion of the hangar is expected for autumn 2010. Then the jigs, tools and machinery will be set up. Start of production: spring 2011.
- Airbus invests over €150 million in the A350 XWB hangar (including jigs, tools and machinery) in Hamburg.
- 6,000 Airbus engineers are currently involved in the development of the A350 XWB. All in all, 13,000 employees will work on the A350 XWB when production gets into full swing.
- Delivery of the first A350 XWB is scheduled for mid-2013.



just for information, the top 10 A350 orders comprises of
- 80 Qatar
- 70 Emirates
- 30 DAE Capital
- 30 Asiana
- 25 Etihad
- 25 United
- 22 TAM
- 22 US Airways
- 22 Aeroflot
- 20 ILFC
- 20 Singapore

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EADS Gallois: A350 Program Not Delayed In Any Way

PARIS (Dow Jones)--French aircraft builder Airbus' A350 development program isn't in any way delayed, nor has its financing been affected by recent rulings by the World Trade Organization in the company's long-running dispute with Boeing Co. (BA), of the U.S, European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV (EAD.FR) Chief Executive Louis Gallois said Friday.

Gallois also said that none of its national partners in the A400M military airlifter program has questioned the program again over financing.

Gallois made his remarks in an interview to be released on French broadcaster France 24 later Friday. The interview was recorded earlier this week at the Farnborough Air show in the U.K. A copy of the recording was made available by France 24 in advance.

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