Qatar Airways takes delivery of first A350-900 XWB
Launch customer, Qatar Airways has 80 of the new aircraft type on order.
February 1, 2015
Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB, the world’s latest generation widebody airliner, to launch customer Qatar Airways, which has 80 of the new aircraft type on order. The A350 XWB embodies the most advanced technologies and breakthrough innovations in aerodynamics, lightweight materials and aircraft systems and powered by ultra-fuel-efficient and very quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, according to Airbus.
The mid-sized A350-900 XWB’s cargo capability is 16.6 tonnes volumetric and 24.5 tonnes structural (in addition to the passenger load) while the shorter-fuselage A350-800 version has a cargo capacity of 13 volumetric tonnes and 19 structural tonnes while also carrying main deck passengers. The family’s longest-fuselage member – the A350-1000 – can transport 21 tonnes of volumetric cargo and up to 31.3 tonnes of structural cargo, along with its passenger load in a typical two-class configuration, according to the manufacturer.
Airbus has envisaged an A350 XWB Freighter version from the beginning of this all-new aircraft programme, which it says “would bring a new generation of technology and economics to the long haul cargo market”. No timeframe has been specified for the freighter variant. At the end of November 2014, the A350 XWB had won 778 orders from 41 customers worldwide.