China Airlines’ First A350 XWB Makes it to Final Assembly

By Juliet Van Wagenen | January 27, 2016
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China Airlines A350 XWB on the final assembly line
China Airlines A350 XWB on the final assembly line. Photo: Airbus

[Avionics Today 01-27-2016] Assembly of the main airframe sections of the first Airbus A350 XWB for China Airlines is advancing at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. According to Airbus, the current stage of construction involves the assembly of the wing-fuselage junction, the installation of the tailplane and also the tailcone. Subsequently, the aircraft will be moved to the next assembly station for structural completion, ground testing of mechanical, electrical and avionics systems, and the start of cabin installation.

First delivery of the A350 to China Airlines is scheduled in the third quarter of 2016. China Airlines has 14 A350-900 twin-engine widebodies on order to add to its current fleet of 24 A330s and six A340s.

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