First A350 XWB wing arrives in Toulouse for ground tests

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Blagnac04 September 2012

A350 XWB first wing for the static test airframe arriving at the Toulouse Final Assembly Line  (c) Airbus A350 XWB first wing for the static test airframe arriving at the Toulouse Final Assembly Line (c) Airbus

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.

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