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04 September 2012
04. September 2012 Commercial Aircraft

First A350 XWB static test aircraft wing arrives in Toulouse for ground tests

A350XWB wing 3
The first wing for the A350 XWB has arrived at Airbus’ final assembly line in Toulouse (France) where the new generation Airbus wide-body aircraft is being assembled. This first wing, which will not fly, is destined for the A350 XWB airframe used for static structural tests on the ground that all new aircraft undergo as part of their certification process. The A350 XWB wings, as for all Airbus aircraft, are made at Airbus’ Broughton (UK) site.
The A350 XWB wing covers are 32 metres long by six metres wide, making them the biggest single civil aviation parts made from carbon fibre composite material. The wings’ advanced structural design and superior aerodynamics are both significant contributors to the 25% fuel saving performance of the A350 XWB. 
A350XWB wing 3

Airbus’ Broughton, UK site produced the A350 XWB jetliner’s first wing, which is shown here on its arrival at the company’s Toulouse, France, final assembly line. This wing will be installed on an A350 XWB airframe employed for ground structural testing

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