Utilised extensively in the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft family, carbon-fibre reinforced plastic is lighter than aluminium, stronger than iron, and more corrosion-resistant than both. Here, a component is fed through a high tech loom that braids the carbon fibres into place.Copyright:Wolfram Schroll
Composed of carbon fibres locked into place with a plastic resin, carbon-fibre reinforced plastic offers a better strength-to-weight ratio than metals and has less sensitivity to fatigue and corrosion.all rights by Wolfram Schroll
An aircraft component is fed through a high tech loom where strands of carbon fibre are braided together. From the cornerstone A310’s vertical stabiliser to today’s A350 XWB, Airbus has pioneered the use of such composite materials in its commercial jetliners.all rights by Wolfram Schroll
Airbus celebrated delivery of the first A350 XWB for operation by Vietnam Airlines – which is being leased from AerCap – during a special ceremony held 30 June 2015 in Toulouse, France. The ceremony included comments from top management of Airbus, Vietnam Airlines, AerCap and Rolls-Royce; as well as an artistic presentation representing the joys of flight was performed by Miss Vietnam and members of Vietnam Airlines’ cabin crew.
AirAsia became the first customer to receive an A320 equipped with Airbus’ Sharklets wingtip devices on 21 December 2012. This video clip showcases the milestone jetliner and its Sharklets – which reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aircraft’s aerodynamics.