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Old December 12th, 2011, 08:24 PM   #361
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Joining of the first 21m long forward fuselage section for the A350 XWB has begun!

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Old December 14th, 2011, 12:10 AM   #362
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Airbus starts joining the first A350 XWB front fuselage

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Airbus has started joining the first 21-metre long front fuselage section for the A350 XWB in Saint-Nazaire, France. This phase will continue over the coming weeks, and once completed, the front fuselage will be transported by Beluga to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. It will be the first major section of the A350 XWB to enter the final assembly line. The front fuselage is destined for the A350 XWB static test airframe – the first A350 XWB to be assembled. It will be followed closely by the first “flyable” airframe for MSN1, one of the five flight test aircraft Airbus will build. The static airframe is used solely for ground tests that will demonstrate the aircraft’s ability to sustain certification loads and provide key data ahead of the first flight in 2013.

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Old December 23rd, 2011, 08:49 PM   #363
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Arriving in Toulouse for final assembly

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Old December 23rd, 2011, 10:49 PM   #364
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More photos from the Toulouse event

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Old December 23rd, 2011, 11:49 PM   #365
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Amazing photos. It's a shame that this one is just a test specimen and will end up as a pile of scrap in a few years
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Old December 24th, 2011, 12:23 AM   #366
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innovation come with it's price
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Old December 24th, 2011, 01:30 PM   #367
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Amazing! Thanks for the pics!
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Old December 25th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #368
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Old January 12th, 2012, 06:09 PM   #369
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Last week, the first A350 static airframe (MSN5000) entered final assembly at Airbus’ Toulouse facility.

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The frame will never fly, but will be used to test the strength of the airframe. The first A350 frame to fly will enter final assembly in Q2.

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Old January 12th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #370
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Second set of A350 wing spars and trailing edges due to be delivered this month - details in the below article

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Airbus, Boeing Ramp-Ups Testing Supplier Credit Access, GKN Says

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- GKN Plc said some of its suppliers are struggling to secure the financing needed to step up production of components for planes including Airbus SAS's delayed A350 model as bank credit for new equipment dries up.

While GKN's own ramp-up plans are on track, with a second set of A350 wing spars and trailing edges due to be delivered this month, the limited access to capital of its suppliers is of some concern, according to aerospace unit chief Marcus Bryson.

Airbus pushed back the A350's service entry by as much as six months on Nov. 10, the project's second delay, saying some parts were arriving late. Redditch, England-based GKN also supplies wing structures and engine housings for Boeing Co.'s 787, which began deliveries three years late in September.

“If you talk to some of the supply chain they do find it difficult in the current climate to get access to finance from the banks,” Bryson said in an interview in London. “We know the ones to watch and work closely with them. It's not that many.”

Some banks are holding back on lending to reduce risk and maintain higher reserves, potentially threatening production, Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said in October.

GKN employs about 200 engineers in designing and developing large-scale structures for the A350 at Airbus's former site in Filton, England, which it bought in 2009. Its own acceleration to peak production is fully costed, according to Bryson.

“We've already calculated what we need to spend to reach capacity,” he said. “We're on track and it's all planned out. I think they would like us to build a bit faster but at this stage of the program engineering-definition is still coming through.”

Airline Impact

Airbus and Boeing are also making heavier demands on suppliers as they lift production of older models, with the European company boosting output of its A320 from 38 a month in August to 42 by the second half of 2012. A further acceleration to 44 may be made if the supply chain is deemed able to cope.

Assembly of the A350 will start by the end of 2012, rather than late last year as originally slated, according to Toulouse, France-based Airbus's latest schedule. Qatar Airways Ltd. is the No. 1 A350 customer and the first airline due to get the jet.

GKN makes components for all of Airbus's planes, including the A330 and discontinued A340 wide-body models, the A380 superjumbo and the A400M military transport.

Bryson said he's also concerned that any further impact from the euro crisis on the international banking system could limit financing available to airlines, jeopardizing contracts.

“An order-book might look great, but if you've got customers that can't raise the capital to buy the planes that would be a problem,” he said.

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Old January 12th, 2012, 10:02 PM   #371
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A correction, clarification and explanation of early A350 production

By Jon Ostrower on January 11, 2012

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Since September, structural parts for the first two A350-900s have traversed the Atlantic ocean and the European continent on their way through Airbus's most distributed commercial supply chain.

Monday, Spirit AeroSystems delivered its first center fuselage from its St. Nazaire, France facility to Airbus's facility pre-final assembly next door. The handover marked the first time on a new Airbus aircraft that a non-EADS company has supplied major structure for a first unit.

Following the build-up of parts and their transition from the airframer's wholly-owned and independent structural suppliers has at times been challenging, while understanding the sequencing of the aircraft's early production.

With the static test airframe, MSN5000, scheduled to be the first A350 to enter final assembly later this quarter, the first deliveries by Spirit, Aerolia and Premium Aerotec to Airbus were in fact MSN1, which will be the first A350-900 to fly.

Airbus and Spirit confirmed yesterday that while the first forward fuselage section to arrive in Toulouse for final assembly was for MSN5000, as noted last month, that structure was delivered is actually the second to pass through the St. Nazaire site after the first deliveries of parts for MSN1.

The reason, explained Airbus, is MSN1 will spend longer in pre-final assembly for systems installation and says MSN5000's passing the first A350 to fly on its way to Toulouse is "fully in accordance with the planning."

Flight deck structure (Section 11-12) from Aerolia was delivered in September, followed by transfer of the MSN1 center fuselage panels (Section 15) from Kinston, North Carolina to Spirit's St. Nazaire facility in October and the first forward barrel (Section 13-14) from Premium Aerotec in November to Hamburg for systems installation. This page incorrectly noted that those deliveries had been for MSN5000 and have since been corrected.

The second shipments from Aerolia and Premium Aerotec for MSN5000 were joined together in early December before the end of the month handover to Toulouse. The Premium Aerotec Section 13-14 for MSN5000 bypassed Hamburg for systems installation completely as they weren't required for the static airframe.

Spirit's second unit, MSN5000 or ES, has begun partial build up in St. Nazaire, the aerostructures manufacturer explains:

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"The Crown Panel, Left Lateral Panel and Right Lateral Panel (also known as the Upper Shell when assembled) for MSN5000 have been shipped to Spirit's St. Nazaire assembly center and is in work there. The Forward Lower Shell and Left and Right Lateral Junction Panels for MSN5000 are still in Kinston and will ship to our St. Nazaire facility later this month."
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Further, MSN1's Section 19, the A350's tail cone, was shipped in December from Getafe, Spain to Hamburg for build up with the Section 16-18 panels. That aft section's side panels and floor grids are fabricated by Premium Aerotec and shipped to EADS in Hamburg for integration, but it is not known if they have been delivered.

Photos Credit Spirit AeroSystems & Airbus

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...ation-and.html
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Old January 20th, 2012, 12:00 AM   #372
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Etihad becomes first to cancel A350-1000s

Etihad Airways has cancelled six Airbus A350-1000s, the first carrier to have cut its backlog for the type since the aircraft was redesigned last year.

Airbus had a backlog of 75 A350-1000s but its latest order and delivery figures show Etihad's backlog of 25 has been cut to 19.

While Etihad has not commented on the A350-1000 redesign, a source close to the carrier said it was not content with the changes made to the twinjet, echoing the feelings expressed by Emirates and Qatar Airways.

Airbus chief Tom Enders indicated there might be "short-term" issues regarding discussions with existing customers for the A350-1000.

The A350 programme secured orders for only 10 aircraft in 2011, while cancellation of 41 left the type in negative net figures for the year.

Cancellation of a single A350-800 also helped to reduce the A350 order backlog to 555 aircraft, comprising 118 -800s, 368 -900s and 19 -1000s.

Enders reiterated the airframer's caution over A350 development, admitting that postponement of its entry to the final assembly line had been decided after the programme "ran into some serious problems" with key elements.

He said the A350's final assembly would begin in March 2012. Without caution, and assurance of maturity, he said, "you're setting yourself up for disaster".

Chief operating officer for customers John Leahy said he was in discussions with three major airlines for the A350-1000, and added that the main problem was "getting them early delivery positions".

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...-1000s-366997/
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Old January 20th, 2012, 06:12 PM   #373
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Cathay Pacific inks deal for six more A350-900s

Cathay Pacific has inked an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of six more A350-900 aircraft in a deal worth $1.62 billion.

It expects to take delivery of the aircraft between 2016 and 2017 and operate them on long-haul routes to destinations in Europe, said the airline in a stock exchange statement.

It added that the six aircraft, which brings its order for the -900s to 36, will "replenish and expand" its fleet capacity.

"The company expects that the Airbus aircraft will deliver improved payload range capability at competitive operating costs while providing high standards of passenger comfort and safety," said Cathay.

The aircraft will be paid for in eight instalments, with the first seven to be made before delivery and the balance once the aircraft are received.

Funding will come from commercial bank loans and other debt instruments of the airline or cash generated from its business operations, it added.

Cathay had previously said that it needs "new super efficient aircraft" to replace its ageing fleet of Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A340s to meet its expansion plans.

The airline first signed an agreement for 30 -900s in 2010.

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The Airbus A350XWB will be equipped with General Electric GEnx engines, or only with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines?
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The Airbus A350XWB will be equipped with General Electric GEnx engines, or only with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines?
Rolls Royce are the only engines availiable on the a350.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 01:10 AM   #376
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A350's Trent XWB engine makes successful first flight on Airbus’ A380 test aircraft

Promising start to engine flight-test campaign one year ahead of A350 first flight

Flight tests to ensure high level of maturity from day one


The A350 XWB’s new engine – the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB – has successfully made its maiden flight aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 “Flying-Test-Bed” aircraft. The aircraft took off from Airbus facilities in Toulouse and performed a flight of more than five hours during which the engine covered a wide range of power settings at altitudes up to 43,000ft. The aircraft handling qualities were evaluated from low speeds to Mach 0.9. The engine not only operated flawlessly, but also demonstrated its new-generation fuel efficiency and low noise.

The Trent XWB development engine, specially fitted with test sensors to measure hundreds of parameters, was mounted on the A380’s inner left engine pylon, replacing one of the aircraft’s Trent 900 engines. The crew on board this first flight were: Airbus Experimental test pilots Terry Lutz and Frank Chapman; Experimental Test Flight Engineer Pascal Verneau; and Flight Test Engineers Emanuele Costanzo and Tuan Do.

“The A350 XWB’s engine performed excellently during its first flight-test, just as we expected,” said Charles Champion, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Airbus. “This is a promising start to the Trent XWB’s flight-test programme which will ensure a thorough real-life testing of the engine, nacelle and its systems.” He adds: “This will allow for a high level of powerplant integration, maturity and reliability to be achieved by the time it flies on the first A350 XWB aircraft.”

Commencing around one year prior to the A350 XWB’s first flight, this engine flight-test programme is scheduled to accumulate around 175 flight hours – some three times more airborne flying hours than on previous programmes. This will be accomplished over a seven month period and will include hot weather as well as icing condition testing campaigns. It will also test the advanced nacelle and thrust reverser system provided by Goodrich.

The overall objective of these flight-tests is the early and systematic validation of all performance aspects of the engine and also the associated systems. In turn, this will contribute to significantly ‘de-risking’ the A350 XWB’s development well ahead of entry-into-service. The first results of this flight-test campaign are expected this summer.

Airbus is the world’s leading commercial aircraft manufacturer producing the most modern and efficient airliners from 100 seats to over 500. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the US, China, Japan and in the Middle East. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.

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Airbus Development Hitting Snag

Late last year, Airbus shifted its A350 schedule by six months. But increasingly, suppliers are expressing concerns that a more serious delay could be just around the corner.

Airbus will be forced to postpone its entry-into-service date by at least another year, due to the complex trickle-down effect of late design changes that is affecting various parts of the aircraft, but which is likely felt most painfully in the area of cabin installation, according to various industry sources. Costs are going up and supplier relations are being strained exponentially.

“The systems side is a nightmare,” says one CEO of a major Airbus supplier. “The interiors will be late by at least one year,” he believes. That does not mean that first flight is necessarily affected that much, because the initial flight tests will not need a functional cabin anyway. The full effect would not be felt until later in the flight-test campaign, when cabin testing is included.

The massive amount of redesign and the resulting delays are also understood to have led to significantly higher development costs. There is no clear picture about the precise amount, and Airbus will not address the issue. But one executive believes the total overruns might by now have reached €3.5 billion ($4.6 billion). According to Airbus’s standard supplier contracts, additional costs up through the critical design review stage, which was reached for many individual parts last year, are to be covered by suppliers. But at least one Airbus partner—Diehl Aerosystems—now wants the manufacturer to participate in the cost overruns.

Diehl says it is in talks with Airbus regarding technical and commercial issues. A Diehl representative points out that the A350 is its single biggest development program and is its scale is challenging.

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Airbus A350 XWB Landing Gear Test Bench Ready For Service



March 5, 2012 - The A350 XWB’s main and nose landing gear test bench is ready for service at Airbus’ site in Filton, UK. This latest step in the A350 XWB’s progress is achieved more than one year before the aircraft’s first flight and two years before its entry into service.

Extensive testing campaigns are being carried out for all A350 XWBs systems and components well ahead of first flight. This will ensure the aircraft has a high level of performance, reliability and maturity built-in from day one.

The defining characteristics of the A350 XWB landing gear are simplicity and robustness with particular attention paid to corrosion prevention. These factors will bring a significant contribution to the A350 XWB’s high operational reliability and lower maintenance costs.

The Airbus A350 is a family of long-range, wide-body jet airliners under development by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The A350 will be the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. It will carry 270 to 350 passengers in three-class seating, depending on variant.

The A350 was born as an A330-derived minimum-changed competitor to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the larger Boeing 777, but was unanimously rejected by prospective customers. Airbus was forced to redesign the initial proposal, but airlines voiced for a complete overhaul. The eventual proposal incorporates major changes, which Airbus says that will be more fuel-efficient, with up to 8% lower operating cost than the Boeing 787.

The redesigned A350 was marketed by Airbus as the A350 XWB, where the XWB stands for Extra Wide Body. The launch customer for the A350 is Qatar Airways, which ordered 80 aircraft across the three variants. Development costs are projected to be US $15 billion. The airliner is scheduled to enter airline service during the first half of 2014. As of 20 January 2012, 561 orders had been placed for the new aircraft.

The new XWB fuselage will have a constant width from door 1 to door 4, unlike previous Airbus aircraft, to provide maximum usable volume. The double-lobe (ovoid) fuselage cross-section will have a maximum outer diameter of 19.6 ft, compared to 18.5 ft for the A330/A340. The cabin's internal diameter will be 18.4 ft wide at armrest level compared with 18.0 ft of the Boeing 787 19.2 ft of the Boeing 777.

It allows eight-abreast 2–4–2 arrangement in premium economy layout, with the seats being 19.5 in wide between 2.0 in wide arm rests. Airbus says that the seat width will be 0.5 in greater than a 787 seat in the equivalent configuration. In the nine-abreast, 3–3–3 standard layout, the XWB's seat width will be 18 in which will be 0.5 in wider than the proposed equivalent seat layout for the Boeing 787. A ten-abreast high-density configuration is also available.

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Kinda sounds the A350 will become the 787 nightmare for Airbus. Lets hope not.
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Kinda sounds the A350 will become the 787 nightmare for Airbus. Lets hope not.
Let's hope it will be. Without fierce competition you will see little innovation.
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