The first wing for the new higher-capacity variant of the Airbus A350 airliner has left Broughton for Bremen in Germany where it will receive final fitting out before delivery to the final assembly line in Toulouse.
This wing will be used on the first of 3 A350-1000 test aircraft which will be used in the certification process and the first flight is expected during 2016.
At 32 metres long by 6 metres wide, the A350 XWB wing has the largest single part made from carbon fibre composite material in use in civil aviation today.
They are designed and developed at Airbus’ facility in Filton, near Bristol, where a number of other systems are designed and tested including fuel systems and landing gear.
Head of the Broughton Plant, Paul McKinlay said: “This is a great finale for another fantastic year at Airbus in Broughton, and it sets the scene for another great year in 2016 when this aircraft takes to the sky for the first time.”
“The A350-900 has already proved extremely popular with the airlines operating the aircraft, and their passengers and we’re justifiably proud to be part of the next chapter for this plane.”
Based on the article “Special Christmas delivery as first A350-1000 wing leaves Broughton” published in Deeside.com