Airbus revealed their new A350 wide-body aircraft Monday at Asia’s biggest Air show. This unveiling shows that Airbus is on schedule to bring the new plane to the forefront of the long-haul market. This plane is said to be a real contender against Boeing in this particular market.
This European Plane manufacturer showed reporters the two-engine A350 before it goes on display at the Singapore show on Tuesday, February 10th.
One thing that make this jet particularly suited to overtake Boeing is its lightweight design. A little bit more than half of this plane is made of lightweight carbon fiber. This not only makes it lighter, but also more fuel efficient.
The A350 comes in three versions. It carries between 276 and 369 passengers and costs between 245.3 million dollars to 332.1 million dollars. These prices will give the new aircraft a real chance to step up it’s chances against a Boeing 777 and 787 dominated market.
Airbus has already received 814 orders for the A350. Thirty percent of which coming from Asian airlines.
Airbus learned from the problem in the Boeing 787, such as batteries catching fire on some planes. Airbus decided to use a different battery than that of the 787. Shukor Yusof and airline analyst at Standard & Poor’s said, “Airbus has learned a lot from the 787 Dreamliner’s unfortunate problems since its launch. This is the plane for the next decade and beyond.”
This new plane is predicted to gain more and more orders as time goes on due to the planes advanced design, fuel efficiency , long range and relatively cheap operating and maintenance costs. The A350 is also said to have bigger windows, better air quality, mood lighting in the cabin as well as bigger storage bins.
Airbus is also testing this plane in the most extreme conditions. From temperatures as low as minus 28 degrees celsius to some of the highest altitudes. Fernando Alonso, the senior vice president for flight testing said, “I’m very confident we’ll be able to certify the airplane as planned and be able to deliver the airplane by end of year.”