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Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose-to-tail, the A350-1000 – scheduled to enter service in 2017 – is the longest-fuselage version of Airbus’ all-new family of twin-aisle, widebody jetliners. In a typical three-class configuration, featuring the company’s 18-inch-wide economy class seats for modern comfort, the A350-1000 seats a total of 366 passengers.
A new standard of comfort
The A350 XWB Family cabin design proved to be so successful that it redefined Airbus’ approach to cabin interiors – leading to the creation of Airspace by Airbus, a next-generation cabin concept inspired by four key attributes: comfort, service, ambience and design.
Passengers on the A350-1000 can expect a spacious and quiet cabin, wider seats and elegant ambient lighting that not only contributes to a beautiful interior, but minimises the effects of jetlag, as well. The A350-1000 also can offer passengers the most modern in-flight experience available.
With movies on-demand included within a range of features passengers can stay entertained throughout their flight, while the availability of email and Wi-Fi connectivity can ensure that they can stay in touch with the world below; whether it’s posting to social networks, staying on top of important business emails or something else – there’s no need to be out of touch when you’re in the air.
The A350 XWB is truly innovative; introducing new technology throughout the entirety of the aircraft. From the design of the wings that morph and change shape in-flight to obtain optimal efficiency, to the flight controls and system that reduce the pilot’s workload, this aircraft utilizes modern technology to create a better way of flying.
Nowhere is this innovation more apparent than in the A350 XWB’s fuselage, built with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). The combination of these technological advances ensures that the A350-1000 burns 25 per cent less fuel than its nearest competitor, saving money and reducing any harmful effects to the environment.
Powering the A350-1000 will be higher-thrust Trent XWB engines from manufacturer Rolls-Royce, which will allow the largest member of the A350 XWB Family to attain even greater levels of efficiency.
The engine will provide additional payload capability and range, along with 97,000 lbs. of thrust on take-off – making it the most powerful engine ever developed for an Airbus aircraft. With these specially-tailored Trent XWB powerplants, the A350-1000 will be capable of supporting long-haul routes to emerging markets such as Shanghai-Boston or Paris-Santiago, as well as more traditional flight segments as Manchester-Los Angeles or Dubai-Melbourne.