Production underway for Airbus’ initial A350 XWB fuselage barrel section

Production underway for Airbus’ initial A350 XWB fuselage barrel section
7 December 2010 News in brief

Airbus’ first carbon fibre fuselage barrel for the A350 XWB jetliner is now in production at the company’s Illescas, Spain facility.  This 5.5-metre-long, 56-square-metre rear fuselage section is tapered, making its production as a barrel section the optimum solution, compared to a majority of the A350 XWB fuselage – which is made from long carbon fibre panels that are easier to manufacture and assemble than barrel sections.