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23 December 2011
23. December 2011 Commercial Aircraft

A350 XWB static test aircraft parts arrive at final assembly line in Toulouse

A350 XWB MSN1 aft fuselage
Airbus has delivered the first major airframe section to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France. The 21-metre-long front fuselage section, delivered from Airbus in Saint-Nazaire,  is destined to become part of the A350 XWB static test airframe.  Final assembly of this airframe will start during the first quarter 2012 when the front fuselage is joined with the centre fuselage. Final assembly start of the first “flyable” A350 XWB will follow in the second quarter 2012.
A350 XWB MSN1 aft fuselage

First A350 XWB aft fuselage built. Structural assembly of the first A350 XWB aft fuselage destined for the first flying A350 XWB (MSN1) has been completed at Airbus’ manufacturing site in Hamburg, Germany.

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