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X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
X-Ray Mag #62 - Sep 2014
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Airbus shows off the new A350

The first flyable A350 XWB has emerged fully completed in its Airbus livery
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Painting of the first A350 XWB “MSN001” was completed as it emerged in its Airbus livery out from the paintshop
Airbus | CNN  |  First A350 XWB painting completed in Toulouse    |   05-17-2013
The aircraft is the first in a family of super efficient passenger planes made of lightweight carbon-composite

It’s debatable whether economy-class passengers will notice a marginally wider seat. The modern engines may appear quieter, something which passengers on the current A380 have tended to notice.

—David Kaminski-Morrow, air transport editor of Flightglobal.com

The A350 is the first Airbus passenger jet to use both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, resulting in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance.

Aviation journalist David Kaminski-Morrow, air transport editor of Flightglobal.com, acknowledges that fuel efficiency is the main feature driving airline interest in the A350, "but while that might reduce the airlines’ cost margins, it’s hard to say how much of that saving will ultimately be passed to the passenger in the form of lower fares, given the elevated expenditure on fuel."

Further reading ► Airbus A350 XWB unveiled

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