24 July 2014

A350-1000 assembly and marketing overview (4/4)

Program Executive Vice President Didier Evrard said the first A350-1000 tooling has been installed in partner factories in preparation for initial manufacture of subassemblies, which is scheduled to begin during the 4th quarter of this year.

 Examples include tooling for aft- and forward-fuselage side shell molds; center wingbox front, lower, rear and upper panels; pylon composite spars; and machining of landing-gear side-stay forgings.

Airbus strategy and marketing executive vice president Dr. Kiran Rao claims that on long haul routes the A350-1000 will have cash operating cost (COC) per seat some 25% lower than that of the current Boeing 777-300ER. 

Compared to the 777-9X, Rao estimates a 5% COC-per-seat benefit and 15% COC-per-trip advantage (assuming a two-class cabin layout over 4,000 nm, fuel price of $3 per U.S. gallon, and with the A350-1000 and (10-abreast) 777-9X configured for 369 passengers and 405 passengers, respectively).

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Based on the article “Airbus Gives Update On A350-1000” published in AIN 

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