The first wing for the A350 XWB has arrived at the final assembly line in Toulouse, France where the new generation of wide-body aircraft is being assembled.
This first wing is to be used in static structural testing on the ground and will be attached to the XWB airframe, something that all new aircraft undergo as part of their certification process. The A350 XWB wings, as for all Airbus aircraft, are made at Airbus’ Broughton (UK) site.
The A350 XWB wing covers are 32 metres long by six metres wide, making them the biggest single civil aviation parts made from carbon fibre composite material. The wings’ advanced structural design and superior aerodynamics are both significant contributors to the 25% fuel saving performance of the A350 XWB.