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Feb 11, 2016

The latest version of the A350 is on time, so far

The somewhat gradual appearance in the skies of the Airbus A350-900 since late 2014 has been enlivened overnight by a glimpse of the next version, the A350-1000. Airbu

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Taking shape in Toulouse, the largest version of the A350 yet confirmed
Taking shape in Toulouse, the largest version of the A350 yet confirmed

The somewhat gradual appearance in the skies of the Airbus A350-900 since late 2014 has been enlivened overnight by a glimpse of the next version, the A350-1000.

Airbus has issued the photo at top of post of the first of this larger model of the XWB family in the type’s final assembly line in Toulouse.

It says the A350-1000 can comfortably carry 366 passengers in a three class configuration for as far as about 14,000 kilometres, will fly by the end of this year, and enter service by the middle of next year.

The A350 family will become very familiar to Australian travellers in coming years, most likely starting this year with services by Cathay Pacific, followed by Singapore Airlines, and very possibly Vietnam Airlines, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad, British Airways, United and maybe even Delta.

In addition to direct flights, the jet is slated for numerous connecting flights from hubs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

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4 thoughts on “The latest version of the A350 is on time, so far

  1. Concorde

    Services with the A350 will actually be actually be initiated by Qatar Airways, with the first service touching down in Adelaide on the 3rd of May.

  2. Fred

    As I understand it, CX A350 services have not been confirmed yet, apart from London Gatwick in September and Auckland some time in the second half of this year. The rumour mill suggests the aircraft will take over from the B777 on some of the secondary European routes, such as Dusseldorf, Zurich and Manchester. The B777s would then be re-deployed on additional flights to North America, and possibly take over some A330 services to Australia. The A350 might eventually take over from the A330 on other Australian services, but that probably won’t occur until late 2017 at the earliest.

  3. dave worth

    Hi Ben, misspelled A350-900 in the first line of your article. cheers

    [Crowd sourced sub-editing always welcome. Thanks]

  4. Rufus

    What’s with the silly naming conventions these days? Airbus was so anxious to start with an A350-900 (one better than a 787-8?) that we’ve already tripped over onto 1000.

    I’m waiting for Boeing to try to outdo them with the 797-1000000000000…

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