The A350 XWB passenger doors are the first for a commercial aircraft to be made entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).

The development and manufacture of aircraft components is another mainstay of Eurocopter’s activities in Germany, which complements our helicopter production. The A350 XWB’s door systems demonstrate our innovative strength and international competitiveness in the field of carbon fibre technology.
Dr Wolfgang Schoder, Eurocopter Executive Vice President - Programs

Series production is handled at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth site in a new building designed to meet the exacting requirements of automated production methods and quality control at high production rates.

Eurocopter currently has approximately 250 employees working on the A350 XWB passenger door programme’s design, development and production. Series production eventually will involve more than 400 employees.

Total value of the A350 XWB door systems to be provided by Eurocopter is nearly €1.5 billion, which includes the cargo doors subcontracted to partners in South Korea.

Five cargo doors already have been delivered. A total of seven door shipsets for the A350 XWB are slated for delivery in 2012 – each composed of four pairs of passenger doors, two cargo doors and one baggage door.

Every year, the Donauwörth site produces more than 4000 passenger and cargo doors for various aircraft types in the Airbus product line.