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Old October 12th, 2014, 06:32 PM   #1661
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A350XWB is looking fabulous in Qatar livery .... In their press release on 2nd Oct airbus said they will deliver the A350XWB before the year end ... means we see this bird flying before Christmas ...
What's taking them so long ?
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Old October 12th, 2014, 08:34 PM   #1662
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It's a first delivery, that always takes longer.

There will be some modifications needed to make it technically the same as certified specs. That has to be done before it can be completed to the customer specs, something that is especially challenging since it's delivered to the always very critical Qatar Airways.

It's also a first delivery for all Airbus personal involved in the process towards delivery. It's also a learning process for them, they need to do it for real to really get to know the aircraft so they can find and fix all the small problems that are bound to turn up in this process. It takes a couple of deliveries to have enough personal work on it long enough to make everyone familiar enough with the plane to speed it up.
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Old October 13th, 2014, 05:46 PM   #1663
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Msn6's first engine run

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Old October 14th, 2014, 09:38 AM   #1664
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Old October 15th, 2014, 07:14 AM   #1665
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it's really a great airplane!
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Old October 15th, 2014, 08:17 AM   #1666
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A350 is nice looking airplane from outside but the storage bins design for hand bagggages looks it came from A330 old fashion not like B787 bins also you can open it from both sides. A350 Bins
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Old October 15th, 2014, 08:06 PM   #1667
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Msn6, the first production frame made its maiden flight today (15-10-2014)


Qatar Airways Airbus A350-941 cn 006 F-WZFA // A7-ALA by Clément Alloing - CAphotography, on Flickr


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Old October 15th, 2014, 08:28 PM   #1668
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Finally they have set a more precise schedule for the first delivery (8-10 December). With the very critical Al Baker and it being the first delivery, it's very likely to slip behind schedule. Hopefully still before the end of the year though.

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Qatar narrows A350-900 delivery window

Qatar Airways is preparing to take delivery of the first Airbus A350-900 from 8-10 December, says chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

The statement by Al Baker, on the sidelines of a Gulfstream event on 14 October, narrows the timeline significantly from previous statements, which ranged from end of the year to the month of December.

The Oneworld alliance carrier is the launch customer for the A350-900, with 43 on order alongside a contract for 37 A350-1000s.

Although the airline had previously indicated that initial long-haul flights with the A350-900 would serve the Doha-New York route, Qatar Airways says it cannot confirm the destination for the first aircraft that enters service.

Source: FlightGlobal
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Old October 15th, 2014, 08:52 PM   #1669
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EASA certifies A350 XWB for up to 370 minute ETOPS

15 October 2014

First new airliner ever to be approved before EIS for “ETOPS Beyond 180 minutes”

Includes an option for up to 370 minute maximum diversion time, for the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings of any two-engined aircraft.




The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the new A350-900 airliner for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) ‘Beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. This significant achievement marks the A350 XWB as being the first new aircraft type ever to receive such a level of ETOPS approval prior to entry into service (EIS). Moreover, this means that operators will benefit from the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings of any two-engined aircraft. The FAA’s respective ETOPS certification of the A350 is expected soon.

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Old October 16th, 2014, 10:03 AM   #1670
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I'll wait till FAA certifies it for ETOPS 370.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 10:10 PM   #1671
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I don't know about the other forum members here but personally I find the front section, especially the nose and windshield of this aircraft very ugly. In addition, also I hate the way the main landing gears change the angle (forward facing down) while the aircraft is in the air, the A330/A340/B777 main landing gear angle is the best ever, the way it looks (rear side facing downwards). Boeing definitely wins when it comes to design and 'looks' of an aircraft exterior.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 10:23 PM   #1672
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Old October 18th, 2014, 08:32 AM   #1673
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I don't know about the other forum members here but personally I find the front section, especially the nose and windshield of this aircraft very ugly. In addition, also I hate the way the main landing gears change the angle (forward facing down) while the aircraft is in the air, the A330/A340 main landing gear angle is the best ever, the way it looks (real side facing downwards). Boeing definitely wins when it comes to design and 'looks' of an aircraft exterior.
Agree on both points.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 05:08 PM   #1674
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Agree on both points.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 02:44 PM   #1675
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So do I, especially the landing gear
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Old October 20th, 2014, 11:47 PM   #1676
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A350 is nice looking airplane from outside but the storage bins design for hand bagggages looks it came from A330 old fashion not like B787 bins also you can open it from both sides.
Pretty sure that comment has been made multiple times in this thread already.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 08:22 AM   #1677
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Say what you want about the A350, even I think it looks kinda weird, it will be the most comfortable next generation aircraft to fly, bar none.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 11:58 AM   #1678
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It does look a little weird, aspecially the wing tips and landing gear but it will probably become the standard.
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I think it looks great, how many twin engine aircraft have a cockpit windshield that looks like that, also the stance is unique and the way it looks is generally different. Different is good, and i like it.

What has been learnt here in the A350 XWB will make its way to the A330-600neo and I'm sure the A380-900neo if there is to be one, so there will be more different and unique to come in the Airbus aesthetics department.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 03:11 PM   #1680
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Actually, I think it's the reverse. Unlike Boeing, which had to deal with a massive step up in generation between the 767/777 and the 787, Airbus had the luxury of the A380 being a bridge. Several things on the A350 are adapted from the A380, including the weird nose which replaced the initial XWB sleek, futuristic nose.
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