Thursday, April 5, 2012

Airbus A350 final assembly begins

Airbus has begun final assembly of the first A350 XWB in its brand new final assembly line in Toulouse. This first A350 XWB airframe will be used for the static structural tests that all new aircraft undergo as part of their certification process. Airbus started joining the front fuselage section (21 m long) with the centre fuselage (19.7 m long). Delivery and installation of the aft fuselage from Hamburg will take place in the coming weeks, followed by the wings delivered from Airbus' wing assembly site in Broughton, UK.
The A350 XWB fuselage is made up of three main sections - front, centre and aft. These will be joined together at the first main assembly station, Station 50. The nose landing-gear is also joined here. Once this stage is completed, the fuselage is transferred to Station 40 where the wings and tail sections are joined.  In parallel to this, cabin installation will be carried out simultaneously to the wing-fuselage join up, as well as the "power on" of the aircraft systems. In this way, functional tests can start earlier than on previous programmes.
The assembly of the first flying A350 XWB, MSN1, will start during summer.

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