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Old October 22nd, 2012, 11:28 PM   #421
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For when would be the first flight of the A350?
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 11:37 PM   #422
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For when would be the first flight of the A350?
If all goes to plan, next summer.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 01:05 PM   #423
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Singapore Airlines order 20 more A350-900
http://www.singaporeair.com/jsp/cms/...s/ne121024.jsp

They now have 40 A350-900s on order. This was rumored to become an A350-1000 order, but that didn't happen.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 01:05 PM   #424
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Here is an article from Channel NewsAsia.

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Singapore Airlines to buy five more A380s, 20 A350s: statement
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SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is ordering five more Airbus A380 superjumbos and 20 A350s in a deal worth US$7.5 billion to grow its capacity and for fleet renewal, the airline said on Wednesday.

Deliveries are due to begin in 2017, the airline said in a statement.

The airline currently operates 19 A380 superjumbos and already had firm orders in place for 20 A350s, for delivery from 2015.

SIA said the A350s are intended for use on medium and long-haul routes.

As part of the deal, SIA said Airbus will acquire its five A340-500s, which will be removed from service in the fourth quarter of the 2013.

The airline said it will cease non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles and between Singapore and Newark in view of a lack of replacement aircraft in its fleet with "sufficient range and operating economics".

SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong said: "Although (it is) disappointing that we will be halting these services, we remain very committed to the US market. Over the past two years we have increased capacity to both Los Angeles and New York by deploying A380 superjumbos on flights via Tokyo and Frankfurt. We will also continue to explore additional options to enhance our US services,"

In the statement, SIA also added that its Scoot unit will acquire 20 Boeing 787 aircraft to support its growth plans.

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Old October 24th, 2012, 01:13 PM   #425
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French Prime Minister inaugurates A350 XWB Final Assembly Line
Facility named after Airbus pioneer and founding father, Roger Béteille

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French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer, Fabrice Brégier this morning officially inaugurated the 74,000 square-metre A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL), in Toulouse, France. At full production, the FAL will employ some 1,500 people who will build up to ten aircraft a month as from 2018.

The ceremony, held inside the FAL, was attended by French political representatives, regional officials representatives from other Airbus home governments, as well as Airbus customers, suppliers, top executives and over 1,000 employees.

“Innovation is deeply rooted in our DNA and this is fully demonstrated on the A350 XWB, the world’s newest, most advanced airliner. Today we honour Roger Béteille, an exceptional aviation pioneer and we name the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line after him, one of our industry’s greatest innovators,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO.

“It is a great honour for me to have my name associated with this magnificent, state of the art A350 Final Assembly Line, “said Roger Béteille. “Airbus’ success is a concrete example of how European partners working hand in hand can achieve incredible things together and this has been an essential ingredient to becoming the world’s largest and premier aircraft manufacturer.”

Guests at the ceremony were able to see the A350 XWB coming to life, with the first two aircraft (the static aircraft and the first flyable aircraft, MSN1) at different stages of final assembly.

The static aircraft, which will be used solely for ground tests, has nearly completed assembly, with a full fuselage, two wings and the vertical tail plane joined. The aircraft will be transferred to the static test hangar at the Toulouse Jean-Luc Lagardère site to be prepared for static tests to start in spring 2013. The first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) is also progressing well, with the fuselage already joined. The wing, vertical and horizontal tail plane for MSN1 are inside the FAL and will be joined to the fuselage in early November.

Béteille was one of Airbus’ four founding fathers. He was instrumental in the development of fly by wire flight controls, one of Airbus’ key innovations which has since become the industry standard. Béteille’s was also responsible for the introduction of the world’s first two engine wide-body aircraft, the A300 which performed its first flight 40 years ago. With the inauguration of this new FAL, Airbus celebrates the world’s newest generation two engine wide-body aircraft, the A350 XWB.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 11:18 PM   #426
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let's wish them good luck and hopefully we'll have those a350's in the sky soon
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Old October 25th, 2012, 01:34 AM   #427
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Id like to see what the first one look lie when finished, for a comparison with the 787...
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Old October 29th, 2012, 12:46 AM   #428
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so.....would I......
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Old November 10th, 2012, 01:10 AM   #429
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Airbus have created an excellent website for the A350XWB.

Lots of cool videos on here, the cockpit view and the video on the CAD design process are my favourite.

www.a350xwb.com

Airbus have also uploaded some short films describing the production challenges of various components.

www.airbus.com/video/a350xwb-family
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Old November 10th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #430
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I really would like to see a head-to-head comparison between the A350 and the B787 in terms of passenger amenities, engines, maximum take-off weight and runway length, and maximum flight distance... Probably it may not be as powerful as the A340, but I wonder if it can cover an even-longer distance than the A345.
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http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/new...ore-a350-xwbs/

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Afriqiyah Airways places firm order for four more A350 XWBs

Libyan carrier also up-sizes its original order for six A350-800s to larger A350-900s

Afriqiyah Airways has increased its A350 XWB fleet with a new firm order for four A350-900s. The carrier has also converted its original order for six A350-800s into six of the larger A350-900 model. This brings Afriqiyah’s total A350 XWBs on order to ten A350-900s.
Afriqiyah’s A350 XWBs will seat 314 passengers, offering them the industry’s ultimate cabin experience. These aircraft will be operated on new routes the carrier will open to destinations in the US, the Middle East and Asia.

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I hope that Afriqiyah Airways will fly to the Far East: it originally had a plan to fly to Manila via Dhaka, but was shelved due to the conflict in Libya. If it will be operated with an A350, it would be really wonderful.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:58 PM   #433
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Qatar becomes the 2nd airline this week after Afriqiyah yesterday to upgrade their A350-800 order to the A350-900.
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Qatar Airways has shifted its order for 20 Airbus A350-800s to the larger -900 variant further weakening the backlog for the smallest member of the airframer's new widebody family.

Speaking at a Doha press conference after the arrival of the carrier's first Boeing 787 on 14 November, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker confirmed that it had ditched its A350-800s. Its order book for the type now comprises 60 -900s and 20 -1000s and it remains the launch customer for both variants.

Without the Qatar aircraft, the backlog for the -800, intended to be the second variant of the twinjet to be launched, stands at 92 firm orders.

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With this change the backlog for the A350-800 drops below the 100. US Airways and Aeroflot are now the biggest customers for this version with both 18 orders, followed by Alitalia with 12 orders.

But with these 2 conversions the rumors that Airbus will drop the A350-800 model to focus on the A350-900 and -1000 have surfaced again even stronger then before. The last order for the -800 was back in July 2008, it had 182 orders at most. Almost half of these of these orders have been converted back then.
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Getting home late and surprised not to see any movement on this thread guys!
Look at that :



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Getting home late and surprised not to see any movement on this thread guys!
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She's taking shape... I must ask is the landing gear interim for manoeuvring the aircraft from assembly lines... I'm taking a wild guess YES...
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followed by Alitalia with 12 orders.
If I can afford, I correct you: actually, Alitalia hasn't expressed interest for the A350 yet
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It's a bit of a technical story.

When the old Alitalia merged with Air One in 2008 to form the current Alitalia-CAI a special leasing company called "Aircraft Purchase Fleet" *APFL) was set up in Ireland to manage the Airbus orders from Alitalia and Air One. This included the 12 A350-800s that were ordered by Air One. This order was taken over by APFL for the aircraft to be used by Alitalia since Air One has dropped all it's long haul routes.

Alitalia has never ordered the A350 themselves but they will be operating them if the info from a couple of years back is still up to date.
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She's taking shape... I must ask is the landing gear interim for manoeuvring the aircraft from assembly lines... I'm taking a wild guess YES...
Yes indeed, even if these special gears have a structure really similar than the real ones.
The gears being a really important structure, they get specific tests on a special bench : http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pr...y-for-service/
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After the static frame, It is now the first flyable frame (MSN001) which makes its first steps.





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A great day for Airbus. I can't wait to see this flying.

Here is another photo

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