Last Friday, Lufthansa announced that its first Airbus A350 XWB is arising. The first major components of the airline’s A350 are currently manufactured at Airbus sites. The employees of Airbus at Hamburg-Finkenwerder factory will assemble in these weeks, the front and rear fuselage sections of the airplane, providing them with all flight-relevant systems such as, among other things electrical and hydraulic systems. Also, in Germany, more specifically in the facilities of Stade, Airbus has already manufactured the airplane’s upper wing shells. The vertical tail in composite materials are also fabricated in Stade.
In the production plant in Bremen, the site is awaiting the wing of Lufthansa’s first A350-900 which will shortly arrive from Airbus plant in Broughton, UK. Then, in the second largest Airbus site in Germany the employees will fully equip the wings with all relevant systems. After this, the wings will be transported by an Airbus Beluga to Toulouse, where the FAL (Final Assembly Line) is located. In the same way, the fuselage sections from Hamburg site will be sent to Toulouse.
Lufthansa’s first A350 XWB with production number MSN074 will fly for the airline under tail number D-AIXA.
The first ten aircraft of the type Airbus A350-900 will be based in Munich from January 2017. This will equip Lufthansa’s second-largest hub with the world’s most modern long-haul passenger aircraft.
Delhi and Boston are expected to be the first destinations of the new A350, which can accommodate 48 guests in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class, a total of 293 passengers.
The Airbus A350 XWB is the most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft. It consumes 25 percent less fuel and generates up to 50 percent smaller noise footprint than similar aircraft types.