Sunday, January 26, 2014

Airbus A350 XWB to take centre stage at Singapore Airshow

A350 XWB

Airbus will present the all-new Airbus A350 XWB at the Singapore Airshow in February 2014, marking the first full display of the aircraft at an international air show.

The flight test aircraft participating in Singapore will be MSN 003, which will be on static display 11th – 12th February and will also take part in the flying display on both days.

Airbus A350 XWB

The Airbus A350 XWB is the world’s most modern mid-size widebody and is currently at an advanced phase of its flight test program, with entry into commercial service set for the fourth quarter of this year.

The aircraft’s participation in Singapore will enable visitors to get a close-up look at the aircraft both on the ground and in the air, with a flying display that will demonstrate its maneuverability, sleek design, and exceptionally low noise levels.

Airbus A350 XWB
The Airbus A350 XWB model taken at the Paris Air Show
“I am very pleased to announce that we will bring the A350 XWB to Singapore,” said Fabrice BrĂ©gier, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing market for the air transport industry and will drive future demand for widebody aircraft in all seat categories.

The A350 XWB will set new standards in the mid-size category and will consolidate our position as the provider of the world’s most modern, comprehensive and efficient widebody product line.”

A350 XWB Airbus
Closeup of the A350 XWB model at the Paris Airshow
Featuring an extra-wide cabin and non-stop flying capability of up to 8,250 nautical miles, the A350 XWB will be especially well suited to the needs of Asia-Pacific airlines flying to Europe and North America. 

Carriers from the region that have already ordered the aircraft include AirAsia X, Air China, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines.

Conclusion

To date, firm orders from the region for the aircraft already total 244, representing 30 percent of total A350 XWB sales. To date, 812 A350 XWB has been ordered by 39 customers worldwide.

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