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Old January 27th, 2013, 02:12 AM   #461
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there is something im confused .. so if anyone can help me answer some questions:

is the A350 the replacement for A340?
Is the A350 longer and bigger than the A340?
Who is the A350 competing with 787 or 777?
Why make another wide body as a A350 when you already have twin engine big one on the the market as a A300 -300?

Your comments and answers are widely appreciated
Let me answer your questions briefly:

The A350 is not really a replacement for the A340, given that it has two engines instead of four; rather, it is an enhanced version of the A330 that allows airlines to carry a lot of passengers per flight (around 300 to 350 passengers) with the fuel efficiency of two engines instead of four with the A340. And, with improved engines, the A350 can fly longer than its similar aircraft, the A330. Think of it as the combination of a two-engined aircraft with the range of a four-engined aircraft rolled into one — thus it is a competitor to the B777 and B787.

The A350 isn't really that longer than an A340, either; it is shorter than the A340-600, sure, but the relative lengths between it and the A340-200, A340-300, and A340-500 are similar. However, it appears that the aircraft is similar in length to an older aircraft: the B767-300.

Did you mean the A330-200 and A330-300? Simple. The A330-200 may be of similar size and length to the A350, but, its current range is shorter than its sister aircraft, the A340 family, and it carries fewer passengers (around 300). Plus, the A330-300 is better suited for medium-haul flights that can carry a lot of passengers (e.g. Between 350 to 440) per flight. Thus, Airbus had to develop a new aircraft family that can combine a longer flight range it has succeeded with the A340 family with the fuel efficiency and range carried with a B777... Thus the A350 is part of a growing family of aircraft that combines fuel efficiency with just two engines, longer range for flights, and number of passengers carried per flight.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:12 AM   #462
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The A350 project started of as a A330 NEO, but it didn't gain any commercial momentum. Airbus had to go back to the drawing board and with all the changes to the original concept it evolved into a completely new plane, the A350.

The A350 variants are placed in capacity as a replacement for the 767-300, 777 all variants, B747-400, A330 all variants, A340 all variants. It's goes head on with the 787-9 and Boeing's 787-10 and the 777X developments.

Although the A350 is not longer then the A340 it's still bigger since it has a wider fuselage. The A350 will easily fit 9 seats abreast where the A340 only fit 8 seats abreast in economy class.


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In a revival of fortunes the A330NEO design that was initially rejected by the major airlines is now being on the boards again because of some major interest from the industry. AirAsia for example is very interested in this re-engined version of the A330. This interest is caused by the success of the A330 over the last 10 years and the problems and delays that seem to hit all the completely new developments, see the A380 and the 787. This made the airlines a bit hesitant with the A350 program that already seen some major delays., wanting an alternative that is also a step more efficient than the current generation A330s.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #463
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A new order for 25 A350s.

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Significant lessor order for Airbus’ newest, most fuel efficient aircraft

4 February 2013

Air Lease Corporation (ALC), the Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company has signed a contract for 25 A350 XWB Family aircraft, consisting of 20 A350-900 and five A350-1000, the largest member of the A350 XWB Family. ALC also has options for five additional A350-1000s. With this new order, ALC becomes the 35th A350 XWB customer and the order takes the A350 XWB backlog past 600 (to 617).



Concurrently, ALC has signed a purchase order for 14 A321neo aircraft following an earlier agreement announced at the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show for 36 A320neo Family aircraft plus 14 options. With this latest confirmation from ALC, the lessor’s cumulative orders for the A320neo Family have reached 50, of which up to 34 will be A321neo models. ALC will announce engine selections at a later date.

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Old February 6th, 2013, 12:51 AM   #464
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Great news for A350.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 01:35 AM   #465
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Congrats on hitting 600 Airbus!
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Old February 9th, 2013, 05:57 AM   #466
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Airbus is working up a contingency plan to use the older nickel/cadmium batteries during flight certification if Boeing hasnt found the cause of the Lithium failures within the next few months.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 05:55 PM   #467
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Good news.

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB achieves important milestone with award of EASA type certification

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded engine type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the Trent XWB that will power the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.



The certificate was formally handed over by EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou to Rolls-Royce Trent XWB Programme Director Chris Young at EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany.

Certification confirms the engine has fulfilled EASA's airworthiness requirements for flight and is the last major engine milestone prior to the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB later this year.The engines that will power that aircraft have been despatched from Derby to be prepared prior to installation of the fully integrated powerplant on the aircraft's pylon.

The Trent XWB has powered a series of test flights on an Airbus A380 Flying Test Bed (FTB) aircraft since February 2012. Flight test results have shown it to be the world's most efficient large civil aero engine.

Eric Schulz, President – Civil Large Engines, Rolls-Royce, said: "We are very proud to have achieved this significant milestone on the road to the A350 XWB's entry into service. I would like to thank Airbus for their support and all our partners and all of our employees who contributed to the design and certification of the engine. Test results show we have produced the world's most efficient large civil aero engine and we now look forward to the first flight later this year."

Certification testing for the Trent XWB began in 2010 with the first engine test bed run and has involved 11 individual engines running for more than 3,100 hours. It has been a global programme, including icing tests in Canada, hot weather tests in the UAE, altitude and crosswind tests in the USA, endurance tests in Spain and performance tests in the UK.

The Trent XWB, the fastest-selling Trent engine ever with more than 1,200 engines sold to 35 customers, is specifically designed for operation on the A350 XWB and will power all versions of the aircraft.

Today's certification covers Trent XWB engines that will power the A350-800 and A350-900 variants. A higher thrust version of the Trent XWB is currently under development for the A350-1000.

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Old February 9th, 2013, 07:18 PM   #468
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Old February 15th, 2013, 02:18 PM   #469
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...hium-woes.html

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Airbus Switches A350’s Battery to Avoid 787 Lithium Woes

Airbus SAS said it decided to use standard batteries in its new A350 aircraft and jettison the lithium-ion power source that grounded Boeing Co.’s competing 787 Dreamliner.
The change is being made to avoid any similar problems or certification issues with the A350, Marcella Muratore, a spokeswoman, said by telephone.
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Old February 16th, 2013, 03:07 AM   #470
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Smart move they are clearly doing everything they can to make sure that she is not late.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:12 AM   #471
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Hey guys , what about this?

I'm really excited about it
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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:00 AM   #472
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Loving the shape of those wingtips
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And the build-up of the third A350 that was designated as MSN3 is underway.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 05:43 PM   #475
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 07:26 PM   #476
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a350 is a very amazing airplane....
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 08:20 PM   #477
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Hey guys , what about this?

I'm really excited about it
That's the wingtip or sharklet? Hmmm it looks like it's on the way to becoming yet another successful passenger aircraft by Airbus...
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 09:46 PM   #478
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Well... Airbus call it just winglet , maybe with a bit of searching we can find the answer.
And guess what , more news.
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Pratt & Whitney is considering building an engine for the Airbus SAS A350 long-haul plane to challenge Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (RR/)’s monopoly on the new aircraft, people familiar with the plan said.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...val-rolls.html
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Pratt & Whitney is considering building an engine for the Airbus SAS A350 long-haul plane to challenge Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (RR/)’s monopoly on the new aircraft, people familiar with the plan said.
Interesting.

But surely it will take them at least 3 to 5 years to develop an engine? The first A350 should be delivered next year.

This could help Airbus sell more planes but Rolls Royce won't be happy!
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