The Xtra that makes the difference
Airbus is now delivering to carriers units of the brand new A350 XWB, a twin-engine wide-body jetliner produced to compete with Boeing’s 787 and 777.
Qatar Airways inaugurated the world’s first A350 XWB commercial route from Doha to Frankfurt earlier this year and it is the primary user of the aircraft so far. The A350-900 variant is the only one available for commercial flight to date and allows up to 325 passengers on typical seating (440 maximum capacity). It has a range of 14 350 kilometres according to manufacturer. That’s .68 the length of the Great Wall of China.
Vietnam Airlines will become the first Asian airline to fly the A350 XWB and the second operator in the world. 14 units have been ordered so far. The carrier intends to operate the A350 XWB fleet on long haul routes.
Besides the usual improvements of new jetliners (aircraft noise reduction, fuel efficiency etc.) the A350 has an upper fuselage escape hatch situates over the cockpit. The nose section adopts a configuration derived from the A380 with a forward-mounted nosegear bay and a six-panel flightdeck windscreen.
Other innovative feature are the A350 will be able to use are the inflatable tents for unscheduled engine maintenance, that allow a “hangar” to be brought to aircraft in need.
The estimated cost of the A350-900 is $304.4 million dollars per unit.
June 9th, 2015.
 The Great Wall of China is the longest building on Earth. The results of an archaeological survey have found that the historic structure, comprised of a series of fortifications and built over centuries, is 21,196 kilometres long. CBC News.