Fuselage sections for the third A350 XWB were joined at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. (Picture © Airbus.)
Fuselage sections for the third A350 XWB were joined at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. (Picture © Airbus.)
The three fuselage sections for Airbus’ third A350 XWB following their transport to the final assembly line in Toulouse. (Picture © Airbus S.A.S. 2013/F. Lancelot.)
The three fuselage sections for Airbus’ third A350 XWB following their transport to the final assembly line in Toulouse. (Picture © Airbus S.A.S. 2013/F. Lancelot.)
The three fuselage sections were joined. (Picture © Airbus S.A.S. 2013/F. Lepissier.)
The three fuselage sections were joined. (Picture © Airbus S.A.S. 2013/F. Lepissier.)

The A350 XWB structure is 53% composite-based, including wings and fuselage.The aircraft is scheduled to make its first flight in 2013.

Designated MSN3, the third aircraft will be deployed for a variety of A350 XWB testing – including performance at high and medium altitudes, in cold weather and hot temperatures and on long-range flights.

Build-up activity for the third A350 XWB commenced during February on the final assembly line, where the aircraft’s three fuselage sections were transferred following their arrival in Toulouse aboard a Beluga transporter.

It joins the MSN5000 aircraft at Toulouse, currently undergoing preparations for static testing in another hangar, and MSN1, which is completing indoor ground evaluations.
 


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