The wing for Airbus’ A350 XWB has been delivered to the aircraft's assembly line in Toulouse, where it will be equipped on an airframe for ground-based structural tests. (Picture © Airbus.)
The wing for Airbus’ A350 XWB has been delivered to the aircraft's assembly line in Toulouse, where it will be equipped on an airframe for ground-based structural tests. (Picture © Airbus.)

This first wing, which will not fly, is destined for the A350 XWB airframe used for static structural tests on the ground that all new aircraft undergo as part of their certification process.

The A350 XWB structure is 53% composite-based, including major elements such as wings and fuselage. (See Airbus takes on Boeing with composite A350 XWB.)

The A350 XWB wings, as for all Airbus aircraft, are made at Airbus’ site in Broughton, UK. (See Airbus opens A350 XWB wing factory in UK.)

The A350 XWB wing covers are 32 m long by 6 m wide, which Airbus claims makes 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.

In August, Airbus announced a further delay to the entry into service date of the A350 XWB. It is now scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2014.