|Build-up of the first A350-1000 began in Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire (shown here) with the assembly start of the first fuselage major components. Photo: Airbus
[Avionics Today 09-25-2015] Airbus’ first A350-1000 is taking shape with the assembly start of the first fuselage major components at Airbus plants in Hamburg and Saint-Nazaire.
Premium Aerotec delivered the forward fuselage section to Airbus in Hamburg where it will be equipped before being flown to Saint-Nazaire on board the Beluga aircraft. Stelia Aerospace has delivered the nose fuselage section to Airbus in Saint-Nazaire for assembly and equipping. The forward and nose fuselage sections will then be joined together in Saint-Nazaire to form the front fuselage which will then be flown by Beluga to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France.
Assembly of the first A350-1000 wings got underway in August this year at Airbus in Broughton and final assembly of the aircraft will begin in Toulouse early 2016, followed by the first flight second half 2016. Airbus has scheduled first deliveries for mid-2017.