Pilots who fly the A350 XWB will feel right at home in the jetliner’s advanced cockpit, which inherits the commonality features from Airbus’ fly-by-wire aircraft family while also benefitting from the latest in display technology and integrated modular avionics.
This commonality will enable A350 XWB-qualified pilots to fly all three versions with a single type rating. It retains the same excellent handling qualities as the A320, A330/A340 and A380 families – and is flown utilising similar operating procedures. Pilots will benefit from reduced training time in the transition from one Airbus jetliner model to another, as shorter-duration Difference Training classes replace the Full Type Rating course.
Additionally, pilots can fly multiple aircraft types within an Airbus fleet by using the proven Mixed Fleet Flying concept, resulting in significant benefits for airline profitability, pilot productivity and scheduling flexibility.
Airbus is building on its cockpit design heritage in evolving the A350 XWB’s display technology a step beyond the A380. Six very large liquid crystal display (LCD) screens replace the 10 large LCDs on the A380, providing ample room to show all flight and system information needed today, with additional display area available for future requirements.
These identical screens are fully interchangeable and have the same part number for reduced spares requirements, while their advanced design and mature technology cut maintenance costs by up to 80 per cent.
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Did you know?
- The advanced wing design of the A350 XWB offers an optimized cruise speed of Mach 0.85
- The A350 XWB Crew Rest Areas are above offering secure and private space the cabin, with no impact on the cabin.
- The A350 XWB is the first Airbus to be over 50% composite