- Aug 14, 2009
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Triton said:Really? I thought that the Airbus A350 XWB was Airbus' response to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
It started in 2004 as a modernised version of the A 330 with quite moderate changes, intended to replace the A330/340 series.George Allegrezza said:... it's the follow-on A330/A340,....
In fact it was quite the opposite! I meant it as a bit of irony, indeed, but the other way round: Boeing didn't produce any real new model in 20 years... when they did it was delayed, and now it is plagued by technical troubles. Airbus, on the other hand, has built an ever-growing and highly successful family of aircraft all that time and they now have the technological lead with a diversified range (from small-range airliner to huge double-deckerand quite an enviable order list. Their models have great modularity, making for easy stretching or shortening of the same basic airframe (see A318-A321 family for instance), they definitely made a bold step forward with the A380 that is really paying off, and their new A350 has greater passenger capacity than the 787... So to me they are not quite in the same league, until Boeing can clean up their act and prove that the 787 is more than a pretty shape and can actually deliver as promised. If I were an airline manager, I'd go for Airbus in a heartbeat!!!Deino said:I think he simply want to "provoke" (in a funny way ) that the 787 is already flying and the a350 not .... on the other side one could argue that the A350 is the better looking bird or that the 787 is still a problematic birs or ....
http://youtu.be/DC9qmo7roWcStreamed live on Jun 14, 2013
The A350 XWB has successfully completed its maiden voyage on Friday 14 June 2013. Airbus brought you this all-access backstage pass on a part of aviation history, offering this programme LIVE and welcoming special Airbus guests and flight test experts with real-time commentary. So join us to re-experience the event as if you were there!
http://youtu.be/7U6IJ-LS3XsPublished on Jun 14, 2013
A new chapter has opened in Airbus' 43 year history as the first A350 XWB, the world's most efficient large twin-engined commercial aircraft, powered aloft this morning for its maiden flight at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 10.00 hours local time. An international crew of six is on board, comprising two Flight Test Pilots, one Test Flight Engineer and three Flight Test Engineers. At the controls of the A350 XWB's first flight are Peter Chandler, Airbus' Chief Test Pilot, and Guy Magrin, Project Pilot for the A350 XWB.
http://youtu.be/eWtPA8v-xeQPublished on Jun 14, 2013
From the precisely-timed takeoff to a smooth landing just over four hours later, the A350 XWB's maiden flight on 14 June 2013 confirmed this jetliner's promise for shaping the efficiency of its future airline operators. See highlights of the maiden flight in this "best of" video.
http://youtu.be/xJrLAktTWBoPublished on Jun 7, 2013
With first flight possibly just days away, Airbus A350XWB project test pilot, Frank Chapman, gave Aviation Week an update on the flight test program in Toulouse on 6 June, 2013
http://youtu.be/B74_w3Ar9nIPublished on Jun 13, 2013
Airbus' thorough programme of static ground testing -- including mechanical load and pressurisation evaluations -- proves the A350 XWB's structural limits before the aircraft can make its first flight.
http://youtu.be/ESym_Gftu5kPublished on Jun 12, 2013
An inside look at the environmentally-friendly painting process used by Airbus on the first flyable A350 XWB -- designated MSN001 -- in May with its full company livery.
http://youtu.be/FN5scTyRLnMPublished on Jun 6, 2013
In the next step after "Aircraft -1," Airbus links its simulators to a ground-based test installation to create "Aircraft 0," a representative layout of the A350 XWB systems, hydraulic pumps, electrical network and flight controls.