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Old May 27th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #401
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Looks small to me and this plane has a perfect circular fuselage like the 777? How much wider is the 777 compared to the A350?
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a350's fuselage is not perfect circular, its height is larger than width, which makes it provide more shoulder space than 777
a350's fuselage is 6.09m high and 5.96m wide if i remember correctly, and 777's perfect circular fuselage's diameter is 6.2m
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Old June 13th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #403
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Airbus supports China's opposition to EU's carbon emissions tax
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BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Airbus fully supports China's stance in opposing the European Union's plan to tax international airlines under its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), Chief Operating Officer-Customers John Leahy said Tuesday in Beijing.

Leahy said that Airbus shares China's stance on the matter and believes that the EU practice is improper even though the ETS was designed to reduce carbon emissions.

From January 1, the EU began charging airlines using EU airports for carbon emissions based on the ETS, although the first payment will not be due until April 30, 2013.

The unilateral move by the EU is unacceptable to other countries and must be corrected, Leahy said at the 68th annual conference of the International Air Transport Association.

Leahy said a global solution under the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organization should be worked out on the matter.

Chinese and U.S. aviation authorities and industry associations have repeatedly voiced opposition to the ETS, urging the EU to take a global and comprehensive approach to the issue.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/xinhua/...t_6164017.html
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Old June 16th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #404
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Airbus' final assembly line at its Tianjin, China, factory is scheduled to deliver its 100th A320 this fall but the manufacturer has yet to secure a partner for its continued operation past 2016.

"We [have] already delivered 89 aircraft since our first one on June 23, 2009," Airbus president-China Laurence Barron told journalists in Beijing this week. This year, 38 aircraft will be delivered - including the first one to a non-Chinese airline, AirAsia. "Our target is to deliver four aircraft per month and a total of 47 aircraft in 2013," Barron said.


However, the Tianjin factory -- a joint venture between Airbus and partners including China Aviation Industry Corps. (AVIC I and II) and Tianjin Free Trade Zone -- faces an uncertain future in 2016 when its contract expires after the delivery of its 284th aircraft.



The factory opened in September 2008; as of March, Airbus had delivered 80 A320 family airliners assembled in Tianjin.


"This year, the company will break even, Barron said, adding the manufacturer has started talks with its partners about the factory's future. "We will wait and see what happens," he said.


As the Chinese market continues to grow, Barron said mainland China has become the world's second market for new aircraft deliveries after the U.S. "And it is getting close to number one."



Mainland China will need 3,832 new passenger and freighter aircraft over the next 20 years, which is a market value of US$509 billion - a very significant market for us," he said.


Chinese carriers operate 805 Airbus aircraft in China.



The European manufacturer has 15 Chinese customers and orders for 356 aircraft, mainly A320s. However, Barron said Airbus is seeing a demand for very large aircraft, such as the A380, but so far China Southern is the only Chinese carrier to order the type.


The A330 is becoming popular with Chinese carriers, which have around 100 of the type in service and 71 orders. Barron told ATW there are no plans to produce the A330 in China.


The Chinese government has blocked 45 A330 orders for Chinese carriers because of the escalating dispute over the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme carbon tax.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 01:50 AM   #405
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I hope A350 will be a sucessfull airplane...
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Old June 29th, 2012, 02:09 AM   #406
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I hope A350 will be a sucessfull airplane...
If Boeing's 777 development proves successful, then the A350 will have nothing on it, unless Airbus comes up with something highly innovative to snag some of Boeing's market share in this area.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:24 AM   #407
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If Boeing's 777 development proves successful, then the A350 will have nothing on it, unless Airbus comes up with something highly innovative to snag some of Boeing's market share in this area.
The 777X will likely be optimized around the -9, which will be slightly larger than the B777-300ER so in that respect, the A350-900 will be quite unbeatable in that category. But I agree, Airbus will have to pull the rabbit out of the hat with the A350-1000, which if successful, will be a very economical and efficient aircraft.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 01:33 PM   #408
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Cathay has chosen the A350-1000 as their very large aircraft, ending the 3 year order drought for the -1000.

"Cathay Pacific selects A350-1000. Places 10 new orders and converts 16 existing -900 orders to -1000."
https://twitter.com/Airbus/status/222633454221799424

With this conversion and new order Cathay 20 A350-900 and 26 A350-1000 on order.

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Cathay Pacific selects A350-1000

Airline to add largest version of all-new airliner to existing A350 XWB order
10 July 2012 Press Release

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it intends to add the A350-1000 to its future A350 XWB fleet, with an agreement to place a new order for 10 aircraft. In addition, the Hong Kong-based airline will convert 16 of its existing orders for the A350-900 to the larger A350-1000. The acquisition of the A350-1000, which is subject to the approval of the Board of the airline, will bring the total number of A350 XWB aircraft ordered by Cathay Pacific to 48. The airline also has separate lease agreements to acquire two more aircraft.

The A350-1000 is the largest version of the A350 XWB family and typically seats 350 passengers in a three class layout. The aircraft is capable of flying 8,400 nautical miles non-stop and will be operated by Cathay Pacific on higher density routes, including its longest non-stop flights to Europe and North America. The aircraft will be powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines delivering 97,000lbs of thrust – the most powerful engines ever developed for an Airbus aircraft.

“This is an important and strategic development for Cathay Pacific. The A350-1000 aircraft will bring us world-beating fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness” said John Slosar, Chief Executive, Cathay Pacific Airways. “It will also be a very popular aircraft with our customers and its improved payload and range will allow us to connect more and more important cities worldwide directly with Hong Kong.”

“This announcement from one of the world’s most highly respected airlines is a clear endorsement of the unbeatable operating economics offered by the A350-1000,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO. “The A350-1000 will be a game changer in the 350-seat category, offering outstanding payload-range capability and a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn. As an all-new design, it will outperform existing aircraft in its size category on every count, as well as any future derivatives of those aircraft.”

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) Family is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, the A350 XWB is already one of most successful aircraft programmes ever, with a total of 548 firm orders already received from 34 customers worldwide.
http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/new...cts-a350-1000/
note: It's not a firm order yet since it's still "subject to the approval of the Board of the airline"
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Old July 10th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #409
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Is the -1000's length close to the 346 and meant to be the replacement?
The 350 does replace the 340 and is close to the 787?
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The A350-1000 is just a couple of meters shorter then the A340-600, but because the A350 can fit 9-abreast seating compared to the 8-abreast on the A340 it will have more seats in a standard lay-out. So yes the A350-1000 is indeed a replacement for the A340-600, as well for the 777-300ER and the 747-400.

The 787-8 is smaller then the A350. The 787-9 is comparable to the A350-800, the smallest version of the A350. The 787-10X that should be launched by Boeing will be comparable in size to the A350-900. The difference between these 2 planes is that the 787-10X will have a shorter range then the A350-900. The A350-1000 is much bigger then the 787.

You can see that there's some overlap between the programs, but that the A350 is the bigger airplane out of the 2.
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Eirgh .. another 3-3-3 seating configuration. I tend to pick the long-haul Airbus planes these days over Boeing because of the 2-4-2.
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The first section of the the first flying a350 arrived yesterday in Toulouse.



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Airbus delays A350 XWB entry as EADS profits triple
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The problem:

"It has shifted the schedule as a result of longer time being taken to implement an automated drilling process for the aircraft's wings."

These kind of delays could only come up now they are actually building the 1st prototypes. So it's not really shocking that it happens right now. There will probably more of these setbacks along the route to the 1st delivery, hopefully for Airbus it will be limited to just a few more delays.
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First static wing for Airbus A350 arrives in Toulouse



This 32 metres long by six metres wide wing with missing chunks is the first static test wing to arrive at the final assembly line for the medium sized Airbus A350 which is due to enter service in the second half of 2014.

The caption doesn’t make it clear if that is the rest of the static test assembly A350 in the background, and the gaudy structure near the end of whatever it is in the background doesn’t appear in all the photos on the Airbus site and appears to be part of the assembly cage rather than the vertical stabiliser.

Nor is it clear if this is also the wing that will tested to destruction or stressed to a point where it bears 150% of the designed maximum load without breaking or delaminating.

The twin engined A350 family is substantially constructed from reinforced carbon fibre panels and other composite components and while it is often described as the Airbus equivalent to Boeing’s 787 line, it offers slightly wider cabins and higher seating capacities, and is constructed in a more conventional manner than the Dreamliners in which a mandril is used in building up layers of woven composite tape to create the fuselage sections of those jets.

In this market, Singapore Airlines will be operating both A350-900s and 787-9s, while its Asia hemisphere rival Cathay Pacific has opted for both A350-900s and the larger and longer ranged A350-1000s and AirAsiaX intends taking A350-900s from late 2015, and flying them between Australia and European and Asia cities via Kuala Lumpur. Qatar Airways has like Singapore Airlines, bought both brands of plastic airliners, but has not given any clear indication as when it will deploy either type on its Australia services.

The main operators of Dreamliners that the public will likely bracket as A350 competitors are, apart from Singapore Airlines flying both types, set to be Jetstar (787-8s), Air New Zealand (787-9 launch customer) and China Southern, which is currently taking delivery of 787-8s and has said it is planning to use them on flights to Australian cities in the near future, and sooner than anyone else, with transfers to its A380s at Guangzhou for flights to London.

Whatever way the information is cut, the A350s and 787s are going to play a growing role for foreign carriers active in the Australian market, with Qantas no longer holding firm orders for the 787-9 but saying it remains able to access well priced options or purchase rights for the Boeings as the dates for converting them fall due.

Source: http://blogs.crikey.com.au/planetalk...s-in-toulouse/
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This looks great, wish good luck to the A350!
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An excellent blog on the a350. Contains lots of juicy information http://www.bloga350.blogspot.co.uk/
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Tomorrow (23rd) is the inauguration ceremony for the A350 XWB final assembly line. Here are A few of the pieces of the jigsaw.

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