A350 XWB arrives in Toulouse Final Assembly Line (23 December 2011). (Picture © Airbus S.A.S. 2011.)
A350 XWB arrives in Toulouse Final Assembly Line (23 December 2011). (Picture © Airbus S.A.S. 2011.)

The 21 m long front fuselage section, delivered from Airbus in Saint-Nazaire, is destined to become part of the A350 XWB static test airframe.

Final assembly of this airframe will start during the first quarter 2012 when the front fuselage is joined with the centre fuselage.

Final assembly start of the first 'flyable' Airbus A350 XWB will follow in the second quarter 2012.

The A350 XWB structure is 53% composite-based, including major elements such as wings and fuselage.