29 September 2014

A350 Formation Flight air to air pictures

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A350 Formation Flight push back pictures

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A350 Formation Flight. Preparation pictures.

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A350 Formation Flight prior to Type Certification

All 5 aircraft in the Airbus A350-900 test fleet have taken part in a formation flight, ahead of certification of the type.

Using the callsign ‘Carbon’, the aircraft departed Toulouse’s runway 14R at about 10:30, led by the first cabin-fitted airframe MSN2.

The formation subsequently joined up and performed several east-west flights parallel to the Pyrenees mountain range.


Based on the article "A350s fly in formation ahead of certification" published in FlightGlobal.

28 September 2014

Airbus not convinced on the real market demand for a 400-seat A350-1100.

Airbus COO-Customers John Leahy said he is not convinced Airbus may have to stretch the A350 further beyond the -1000 version. “It is not obvious to me that we need 35 more seats,” Leahy said in an interview at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Europe conference in Istanbul.

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Leahy claims that Boeing’s main motivation to stretch the Boeing 777-9X—compared with the Boeing 777-300ER—was to reduce unit costs rather than real market demand for a 400-seater.

He also argues that the -1000 will have a 15% trip cost advantage over the -9X. “I don’t know that I want to give that up. The added seats will be marginal,” he said, referring to the low fares for which he believes the capacity can be sold. “I think we might be better off staying where we are.”

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Some observers have argued that Airbus would have to build a larger version of the A350 to be able to compete with the largest Boeing twin.

Based on the article “Airbus To Look At Higher A350 Rates” published in Aviation Week

27 September 2014

Airbus COO-Customers says A350 ramp-up is too conservative.

Leahy is more concerned that Airbus may not deliver as many A350s as the potential demand for the aircraft, because of its conservative production ramp-up. “We are being prudent, but it bothers me,” he said. However, he indicated that Airbus might soon decide to produce at higher rates. “I believe this will be decided sometime next year,” he said.

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Airbus is currently moving from a rate of two to three per month, a move it plans to complete by year-end. By the end of 2015, Airbus plans to build 5 aircraft/month, but output will be expanded to 10 aircraft/month by 2018.

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Based on the article “Airbus To Look At Higher A350 Rates” published in Aviation Week

26 September 2014

Aerolia´s Meaulte site will be re-designed considering Lean Principles to assure A350 ramp-up.

The Project 3X has been launched for Aerolia´s Meaulte site, deeply modifying how the site will look for the 20 years to come.

“To ensure the high rates (3X is named by rate targets of 3 SAs a day, 3 LRs a week, 3 LAs a month) in an efficient and sustainable way, we chose to optimize our production flows rather than favouring flexibility as we did in the past” explained Olivier Canal, Meaulte Master-Plan Manager.

To this end, all the activities of each program will be co-located within a single building. Production lines will be organized as per the “pull” principle. Each one will perform the whole assembly of a work-package model, s11, s12 or bottom structures, from the first sub-assemblies. Each workstation within these lines will adopt the takt-time. 

The production time will therefore smothered between the different stations, so as to provide for maximum productivity, by removing the waiting times and reducing the risks of blocking one element.

Based on the article “Project 3X, a whole set of perspectives” published in Aerolia Magazine.