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Airbus A350-900  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 22 December 2014
Maiden Flight: 14 June 2013
Total Production: 600
Unitary Cost: USD$311 million
Also Known As: A350XWB Prestige and ACJ350 XWB
Origin: France, Germany and United Kingdom
Corporations: Airbus*, Spirit AeroSystems (centre fuselage frame) and Thales (avionics)   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Airbus A350 XWB
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 22 December 2014
Maiden Flight: 14 June 2013
Total Production: 1,024
Total Cost: USD$51 billion
Family Members: Airbus A350-1000, Airbus A350-800, Airbus A350-900F and Airbus A350-900ULR
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Description: The Airbus A350 due to enter service in first half of 2010 will complement the Airbus A330/A340 family of wide-body commercial aircraft. The new airliner is close to the twin-engine A330 commercial aircraft and will be available in two different versions: A350-800 and A350-900. The seating-capacity of A350 will be the same of A330 but offering extended range suitable for international routes. Furthermore, Airbus will complete its product line range with an aircraft that matches Boeing 7E7 capabilities.

BAE Systems and EADS gave the go ahead for Airbus to offer the A350 airplane to airlines around the world on December 10, 2004. Despite at that time it was still in the early concept phase, it received positive response from many Airbus customers. The new aircraft will offer maximum of operational commonality with existing A330/A340 aircraft. According to EADS and BAE Systems joint statement, future demand for the A350 type could be 3,100 aircraft over the next 20 years. Airbus claims that A350 can get at least 50 per cent.

The Airbus A350 will incorporate some of the cutting-edge technologies, materials and manufacturing processes; such as Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) and aluminum-lithium alloys; which are being developed for the A380 SuperJumbo allowing higher efficiency in the production and operation. The aircraft will use a new nacelle and a pylon design initially developed for the A380. Seating-capacity will vary from 245 to 285 passengers. Through this launch Airbus expects to speed up sales of commercial aircraft and overall company profit due to the increased revenues coming from additional sales.

On 17 July 2006, Christian Streiff Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) launched a new family of aircraft based on the A350 design. The new family known as A350 XWB, Extra Wide Body, was bearing that name for Extra Comfort, Extra Efficiency and going the Extra mile for customers. In addition to A350-800 and -900 models, Airbus committed three new models: two airliners and a dedicated freighter. The seating capacity for both -800 and -900 models boosted to 270 and 314 passengers respectively. The A350-900 entry into service date was delayed from 2010 to 2012. The A350-1000 extra wide body airliner will have a seating capacity of 350. With a range of 8,500 nautical miles and a cruise speed of Mach 0.85 these three models will form the basis of A350 XWB aircraft family.

Beyond 2012, Airbus expects to deliver the A350-900R ultra long-range aircraft based on the -900 model. The A350 XWB product line will be complete by the A350-900F freighter variant. XWB airplanes will offer wider cross section, allowing for wider seats, wider aisles and more head and shoulder clearance. Twenty percent cabin humidity and wider panoramic windows will further enhance the passenger experience. Airbus estimates that next-generation engines will make the A350 up to 30 percent fuel efficient over current existing aircraft and approx. 6 percent over the 787 Dreamliner. Furthermore, these models will feature lower noise and lower emissions compliant with the most stringent environmental requirements.

The A350-900 will seat typically 285 passengers in a long range three class layout and have a range in excess of 7,500 nautical miles (13,900 kilometers). A350-900 is suitable on routes linking major European and US cities, cities in Asia/Pacific region and between European, Middle East, Asian and African cities. Airbus also projects that A350-900 will have a very appealing low seat mile costs in the most competitive market category. The new aircraft will be powered by two new generation General Electric engines (GEnx 72A1) that will provide greater fuel consumption efficiency than current commercial engines. Pilots already qualified for the A330 will be able to switch to the A350 without additional training.

On 6 October 2005 Airbus formally launched the A350 program following approval from the company's prime shareholders, EADS and BAE Systems. The A350 airplane received so far 140 firm order commitments from customers around the world. Airbus released that the new aircraft was going to be manufactured at the same facilities as the A340 and A330 airplanes but with aircraft components coming from partners in China, Russia and other countries. According to Airbus, the A350 segment would represent 3,300 airplanes sold in a 20 years period with the A350 airplane sharing 50 percent of the market. In parallel, Airbus announced that the A350 aircraft family would be powered by the newest Rolls Royce Trent 1700 (Trent 1711 model) engine in addition to the General Electric GEnx 1A.

Airbus A350-900 Specifications

Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 314
Performance
Max Range: 13,900 kilometer (7,505 nautical mile)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 282 mps (1,015 kph)
Volume
Fuel Tank Capacity: 141,000 liter
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Airbus A350-900 News

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017China Southern Airlines Places Order for 20 Airbus A350-900s
Friday, October 14, 2016Airbus Delivers its 10,000th Aircraft
Friday, September 30, 2016China Airlines Becomes New Operator of the A350 XWB
Tuesday, September 6, 2016Vietnam Airlines Signs MoU for 10 More A350-900 XWBs
Vietnam Airlines Signs Agreement for 10 A350 XWB Aircraft Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB Engines
Tuesday, August 30, 2016Thai Airways International Becomes New Operator of the A350 XWB
Monday, July 11, 2016ALC Places Order for Three Airbus A350-900s and One A321
Wednesday, June 29, 2016Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery of its First A350 XWB
Monday, May 30, 2016Cathay Pacific Airways Becomes New Operator of the A350 XWB
Monday, May 23, 2016Airbus Launches ACJ350 XWB Corporate Jet with Easyfit Outfitting

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Brazil27
Aircraft ordered by TAM (27)
China70
Airbus A350 XWB Prestige (1) managed by BAA Jet Management in Hong Kong for a private customer; Hong Kong Airlines (15); Cathay Pacific Airways (14); China Eastern Airlines (20); China Southern Airlines (20)
Ethiopia12
Aircraft ordered by Ethiopian Airlines (12)
Finland19
Ordered by Finnair (19)
France25
Aircraft ordered by Air France-KLM (25)
Germany25
Aircraft ordered by Lufthansa (25)
Indonesia30
Aircraft ordered by Garuda Indonesia (30)
Ireland6
Aircraft ordered by Aer Lingus (6)
Japan18
Aircraft ordered by Japan Airlines (18)
Kuwait28
Aircraft ordered by ALAFCO (18); Kuwait Airways (10)
Libya13
Aircraft ordered by Afriqiyah Airways (10); Libyan Wings (3)
Malaysia10
Aircraft ordered by AirAsia X (10)
Mauritius4
Aircraft ordered by Air Mauritius (4)
Netherlands?
Aircraft ordered by Air France-KLM (?)
Philippines6
Aircraft ordered by Philippine Airlines (6)
Qatar43
Aircraft ordered by Qatar Airways (43)
Singapore67
Aircraft ordered by Singapore Airlines (67)
South Korea?
Aircraft ordered by Asiana Airlines (mix of 30 A350-800/900/1000)
Spain26
Aircraft ordered by Grupo Marsans (10); Iberia (16)
Sri Lanka4
Aircraft ordered by SriLankan Airlines (4)
Sweden8
Aircraft ordered by SAS (8)
Taiwan14
Aircraft ordered by China Airlines (14)
Thailand4
Aircraft ordered by Thai (4)
United Arab Emirates51
Aircraft ordered by Emirates (50) but cancelled in June 2014; MAZ Aviation (5 A350 Prestiges); DAE Capital (30); Etihad Airways (16)
United States of America68
Aircraft ordered by US Airways (4); ILFC; United Airlines (0 converted to A350-1000 in June 2013); CIT Group (15); ALC (24); Delta Airlines (25)
Vietnam22
Aircraft ordered by Vietnam Airlines (22)

Grand Total 60026
Propulsion Systems
GEnx 1B64x2
Trent XWBx2
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