The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new family of widebody aircraft designed for medium- to long-haul airline operations. Over 70% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made from advanced materials, combining 53% composite structures with titanium and modern aluminium alloys.
Having entered commercial service in January 2015, this new-generation jetliner brings together the latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies to provide a 25% step-change in fuel efficiency compared to the aircraft it replaces.
The A350 XWB’s fuselage – built with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic – supports lower fuel burn and is corrosion and fatigue free, resulting in lower maintenance costs.
Simultaneously, the aircraft’s wings are more efficient and quieter. They have been designed to adapt during the flight, morphing while airborne, changing their shape for maximum aerodynamic efficiency throughout the various phases of the flight.
Other highly innovative elements on the A350 XWB include the fuel economy and overall efficiency of the brand new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines which generate 25% less CO2emissions. Also, the improved flight deck dimensions, built around an arrangement of six identical, interchangeable large displays, provide more comfort and clarity for the pilots.
Compared to current CAEP6 (ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection) regulations, the A350 XWB displays comfortable margins: 99% below the hydrocarbons limit, 86% below carbon monoxide limit, 60% below the smoke limit, and 35% below the mono-nitrogen oxide (NOx) limit.
The A350 XWB is also a quiet neighbour. Exterior noise levels are as much as 21 EPNdB (effective perceived noise decibel) below ICAO Chapter 4 requirements.