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Old 25th November 2016, 16:36   #1
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Default Successful maiden flight of the Airbus A350-1000

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We have seen and discussed different vehicle launches in different parts of the world. One such big event was the maiden flight test of Airbus A350-1000. This is the longest version of Airbus’ A350 XWBs (Xtra Wide Body) and it successfully completed its first flight on 24th Nov’16. Powered by Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB-97 engines, this aircraft measures 74 metres from nose to tail. It can accommodate 366 passengers in standard layout and can go up to 440 seats in higher density layout. With increased levels of efficiency, this aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2017.

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One more feather in Airbus's cap. Read the press release. It says that this will enable long haul flights and use 25% less fuel. Wow!

Interestingly, Kingfisher Airlines had placed orders for the A350; of course they were cancelled when you-know-what happened.
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Yes. It is their next big achievement after the successful launch of the super jumbo A380. But A380 volume did not take off as expected due to its cumbersome nature and it can be handled only by few select airports.

The current high volume model is the single aisle A320 which is built at a rate of 40~50 in a month.
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I read somewhere that even though the a350-1000xwb is expected to use much lesser fuel than its chief competitor the 777-9x, the Boeing in fact has a lower fuel cost per passenger.
The Boeing has a standard config of ~ 410 passengers vs the Airbus's 360.
But the Boeing is expected to launch in 2020 so i guess the Airbus does have a good 3 year advantage and will make sense for Airlines who don't want to take a risk of the additional 50 seats.

EDIT: Looks like the Airbus has 195 firm orders.

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There are some very interesting threads and reads on flyertalk.com and airliners.net.

The air based version of tbhp...

Note to all - please ensure plenty of spare time - extremely addictive sites.
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