"The Airbus A350 is intended to compete with the successful Boeing 777- and upcoming 787-series of passenger airliners."
Power & Performance Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Airbus A350 Twin-Engine Wide-Body Long-Range Airliner.
2 x Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan engines delivering 79,000lb to 97,000lb thrust each. Propulsion
587 mph 945 kph | 510 kts Max Speed
43,097 ft 13,136 m | 8 miles Service Ceiling
9,756 miles 15,700 km | 8,477 nm Operational Range
Structure The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Airbus A350 Twin-Engine Wide-Body Long-Range Airliner.
2 (MANNED) Crew
198.5 ft 60.50 m O/A Length
213.3 ft (65.00 m) O/A Width
55.8 ft (17.00 m) O/A Height
255,075 lb (115,700 kg) Empty Weight
573,202 lb (260,000 kg) MTOW
Variants Notable series variants as part of the Airbus A350 family line.
A350 - Base Series Designation
A350-800 - Base 440 maximum passenger airliner; 79,000lb thrust engines.
A350-900 - Lengthened 475 maximum passenger airliner; 84,000lb thrust engines.
A350-900R - Proposed Lengthened 475 maximum passenger airliner; 93,000lb thrust engines.
A350-900F - Proposed freighter; 93,000lb thrust engines.
A350-1000 - Lengthened, 550-maximum passenger airliner; 97,000lb thrust engines.
A350-1000 FREIGHT - Freighter variant based in the A350-1000 production mark.
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market. The aircraft is intended as a direct competitor to the popular Boeing 777 and the newer, though troubled, Boeing 787 "Dreamliner". Production of early-form airframes began in 2010 with a first-flight expected sometime in 2013. Barring developmental delays, committed airlines will begin receiving the product beginning in 2014 to which production is estimated to reach 592 units based on received orders to date (2013). As of this writing, there are commitments from 35 total airline firms worldwide.
The A350 was born from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program announcement. Airbus was initially slow to react until customers required a competing type promising the savings of the advanced 787. With that, a modified version of the A330 emerged until enough changes were instituted that the aircraft was given its own company designation of "A350". However, its most important customers were not impressed with the Airbus reaction to the Boeing offering and pushed Airbus to produce an all-new design incorporating the latest in available technologies. This resulted in a completed reworked and refined A350 concept which was eventually approved while delaying the A350 program considerably.
Currently, the A350 will be marketed in five distinct production forms. The base airliner model will be the A350-800 with seating for up to 440 passengers in a 2- or 3-class seating arrangement (270 passengers feasible). The longer A350-900 and proposed A350-900R will feature seating for up to 475 persons across a similar 2- or 3-class arrangement (314 passengers feasible). The proposed A350-900F will be a dedicated freight hauler (90 tons of cargo) while the A350-1000 will be an expanded, lengthened passenger airliner with seating for up to 550 persons across a 2- or 3-class seating structure (350 passengers feasible). The A350-800 will sport a running length of 198.6 feet while the A350-900, -900R and -900F will see a length reaching 219.5 feet. The A350-1000 will be the longest of the family line with a length of 242.4 feet.
Internally, the A350 will sport a conventional airliner configuration. The flight deck is situated at the extreme front end of the vehicle and identified by the range of framed windows over the short, sloping nose assembly. Immediately aft of the flight deck is the passenger area which is spanned along either fuselage side by windows. Under the passenger area is the cargo hold. The freighter version of the A350 will naturally do away with the passenger seating elements to promote increased internal volume for additional hold space. Externally, the arrangement will be conventional, featuring two swept-back main wings at amidships and a traditional tail unit sporting a single vertical tail fin and dihedral horizontal planes. The undercarriage will be of the tricycle arrangement incorporating two main legs and a nose leg as standard.
All A350 forms will showcase a wingspan of 213 feet and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer construction throughout the wing assemblies and main fuselage. Power will be served through 2 x Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines which will be developed in two distinct forms either outputting between 74,000 to 83,000lbs of thrust or 97,000lbs of thrust. Maximum speed is listed at 587 miles per hour with a cruise speed in the vicinity of 560 miles per hour. Range under load will reach from 5,000 nautical miles (A350-900F) to 10,300 nautical miles (A350-900R) depending on the variant in question. All will feature a service ceiling of approximately 43,000 feet.
As with other modern Airbus airliner products, the A350 will field an all-glass digital cockpit with fly-by-wire controls. The instrument panel will be dominated by six LCD screens for both pilot and co-pilot. The data system will be fully updatable with changing technologies which should make for a cost-effective investment in the long-run.
The newly introduced A350-1000 (2018), currently Airbus's largest "twin" airliner, has been developed to minimize the crew workload and increase reaction times during emergency descents. It has a wingspan of 212.4 feet, an overall length of 242.1 feet, and a height of 56 feet. The cabin width measures 18.4 feet. Seating in a typical arrangement is 366 with a maximum of 440 possible. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 676,700lb. Maximum operating speed if Mach 0.89 with a maximum cruising speed nearing Mach 0.85. Maximum range is 8,400 nautical miles.
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