Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner
Passenger comfort, operating economics and systems safety are all part of the appeal of Airbus’s new big twin.
and are betting their futures on a new generation of long-range widebody twins with better fuel efficiency, lower operating costs and reduced noise and emissions compared with today’s two- and four-engine widebodies.
Theis Airbus’s largest, longest-range, highest-flying and fastest-cruising twin. The A350-900, the first version now entering service with and other carriers, is a larger aircraft than Boeing’s 787. With nine-abreast economy seating, the A350 can fly 315 passengers 7,750 nm at Mach 0.85. The seats 280 and has a maximum range of 8,300 nm.
Having flown the 787 in 2012 (AW&ST Dec. 10, 2012, p. 46), Aviation Week & Space Technology has now had the opportunity to fly the A350. Several differences are apparent, between the new Airbus and Boeing widebody twins and between the A350 and earlier .