15 February 2013

Barrels or panels. A350 XWB is a little bit of a mix.

The innovation of the A350 XWB extends to the physical structure, and commencement of assembly has enabled Airbus to verify its strategy of opting for carbonfibre panels over a barrel-type design for the A350.

"It was a big debate at the beginning of the programme - barrels or panels," says Evrard. "It's a little bit of a mix. I think we made the right choice. The industrial process shows we made the right choice with our panel concept."

Based on article “Airbus sticks by demanding A350 XWB targets“ published in Flightglobal

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