30 November 2012
29 November 2012
MSN001 flight test “supercomputer” requires 67km of cables. 50 metre-long & 900kg. electrical harnesses manufactured by Labinal, already installed.
28 November 2012
Cathay Pacific optimistic with A350-900 economics, prepares for new routes in 2016 to connect Hong Kong with Berlin, Manchester, Madrid and other hubs in North America.
27 November 2012
A350 XWB Belly Fairing work package for -1000 not assigned yet. Alestis Spanish Tier1 financial problems could force Airbus to move the job to France.
Alestis also designs and builds the Section 19.1 of the Rear Fuselage, delivered directly to the FAL in Toulouse. The commonality of this fuselage section with the -1000 model will be higher than in the complex belly fairing
Meanwhile, Alestis has delivered the HTP-Tips (a subassembly of metallic and composite parts) and strakelets (2 fairing in the HTP) for the 787-9 to Boeing last week. Alestis CEO said that “Alestis will keep on demonstrating to Boeing that we are good partners, as Boeing is a strategic customer that Alestis has to take care of”. Alestis is the single source for these two work packages and there are involved 3 plants in the manufacturing (metallic parts in Miñano, composite parts in San Pablo) and the assembly (Aeropolis-Sevilla).
26 November 2012
Emirates includes the A350-1000 order in the commercial claim for A380 wing ribs repair and says A350-900 is starting to look small for them.
25 November 2012
24 November 2012
Airbus in the UK has two main sites, Broughton in North Wales and Filton in Bristol.
Some of the companies in the UK who directly supply Airbus with components and services to the UK manufacturing operation.
23 November 2012
21 November 2012
20 November 2012
19 November 2012
Rolls-Royce, the unique engine supplier for the A350 XWB, has been reluctant to grant third-party repair rights because maintenance contracts are more profitable than building the actual engines.
18 November 2012
Beluga fleet has started preparing the A350 XWB ramp up; from current 5.000 hours per year to 10.000 in 2017
Each A350 XWB semiwing requires some Beluga flights from Getafe/Stade to Broughton, later to Bremen to finally fly to the FAL at Toulouse.
For a complete A350 XWB #46 flight hours of a Beluga are required while only #25h for a A330.
17 November 2012
16 November 2012
15 November 2012
The avionics shipset supplied by Thales for the A350 XWB programme and tested during the power-on comprises the following equipment:
Thales provides a complete shipset for electrical power conversion for the A350 XWB aircraft. This shipset includes:
Based on article "Successful power-on for the nose section of the Airbus A350 XWB" published in Onboard Magazine
14 November 2012
The Qatar Airways decision leaves Airbus with a shrinking backlog for the smallest A350 variant -stands at #92 firm orders-, raising questions about whether it’ll stick with the model. Airbus has already seen several customers (around 40%) swap A350-800 orders for larger variants, most recently Afriqiyah Airways.
But the next movement is not clear; A350-800 could be cancelled, could be postponed or could be maintained. It will depend on future decision in the higher range of the family, with 787-10X and 777X by Boeing and a possible A350-1100 version, as the wide body market continue growing in quantity and in size. We shoul maintained tunned to Qatar next steps.