Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, offering the first ever double bed in Business class. Qatar Airways is the world’s largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order and the largest A350-1000 customer.
The A350-1000 is Airbus’ latest and largest widebody in the twin-aisle category. With a fuselage 7 meters longer than the A350-900, the A350-1000 space for premium cabin products is 40 percent larger than its smaller sibling. The plane’s extensive use of composites contributes to a 25 percent step change in operating cost compared to previous generation competitor aircraft.
“It is a huge pride for us to deliver the very first A350-1000 to our launch customer Qatar Airways. Bringing major advantages in fuel and cost efficiency along with unmatched passenger comfort, the A350-1000 is the ideal aircraft to showcase Qatar Airways’ legendary customer service,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and COO.
Shortly after delivery, the company was congratulated by one of its major composite material suppliers, Hexcel. The company’s HexPly® M21E/IMA carbon fiber/epoxy prepreg is used to manufacture all composite primary structures of the aircraft, including the fuselage panels, keel beam, wing and empennage. The lower wing cover is the biggest single civil aviation part ever made from carbon fiber and spans 32 meters long. The A350-1000 also features CFRP in other structural components such as the pylon upper spar and door surround. For the first time on an Airbus aircraft, Hexcel’s HexMC® carbon fiber/epoxy molding compound was also used for the A350-1000 fuselage crutches.
For more information, watch the full Qatar Airways A350-1000 delivery press conference below.