Aerolia delivers first A350 XWB nose section to Airbus

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Published: September 28, 2011

Airbus partner and aerospace structures company Aerolia has delivered the first A350 XWB nose section to Airbus’ facility in St. Nazaire, France.

The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landing gear bay. The A350 XWB nose section is made of 40% composites, 55% aluminum/aluminum-lithium and 5% titanium. Once assembled and equipped, the nose section will be joined to the forward fuselage to form the A350 XWB front fuselage, Airbus said.

The A350 XWB, which was initially offered to customers in December 2004, has had a long design phase. After two major redesign efforts, the final design of the lead -900 variant was frozen in 2011 ( ATW, Aug. 1 ). Airbus announced at the Paris Air Show in June that it pushed back EIS for the A350-1000 to 2017 from 2015 and unveiled a modified -1000 model featuring a higher thrust variant of the Trent XWB engine being developed by Rolls-Royce. Additionally, the company delayed A350-800 EIS to 2016 from 2014 ( ATW Daily News, June 21 ).

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