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Airbus starts making the wings for first A350 XWB

Airbus starts making the wings for first A350 XWB
22 November 2011 News in brief

Assembly of the first A350 XWB’s 32-metre-long carbon fibre wings has begun at Airbus’ recently-opened North Factory in Broughton, UK.  Pre-assembly of ribs, upper and lower covers and fixed leading and trailing edges already has taken place. These components will be moved into the main assembl...

Airbus sets priority on section maturity for smooth A350 XWB production ramp-up

Airbus sets priority on section maturity for smooth A350 XWB production ramp-up
10 November 2011 Feature story

Airbus pre Final Assembly Line (FAL) activities have started although with some delay due to the late availability of some key composite and detailed parts. The start of the FAL is now scheduled for the first quarter of 2012. Entry into service is now rescheduled to first half 2014 to ensure smooth ...

Assembly begins for the A350 XWB "MSN1" horizontal tailplane

Assembly begins for the first A350 XWB horizontal tailplane
24 October 2011 News in brief

Airbus has started the assembly of the first A350 XWB’s horizontal tailplane (HTP) in Getafe, Spain. Joining of the two lateral boxes will produce the 17-metre span primary structure of the HTP. Structural assembly will continue over the coming weeks, followed by installation of the unit’s electric ...

The A350 XWB’s Trent engine rolls out for initial flight tests

The A350 XWB’s Trent engine rolls out for initial flight tests
18 October 2011 News in brief

Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flight test engine on the A380 “flying-testbed” aircraft. The aircraft and engine will now be prepared for the flight test campaign commencing in the coming weeks. The Trent XWB engine, which is the largest Rolls-Royce turbofan wit...

British Prime Minister opens new Airbus wing factory for A350 XWB

British Prime Minister opens new Airbus wing factory for A350 XWB
13 October 2011 Press Release

Aircraft programme will support over 6,000 jobs across the UK

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