Airbus A350 XWB Spotting Guide


The A350 is the first Airbus composite aircraft with both fuselage and wing structures constructed primarily of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer.

Its variants seat from 280 to 366 passengers in typical three-class seating layouts. The A350 is positioned to succeed the Airbus A340, and compete with the Boeing 787 and Boeing 777.

In July of 2006, during the Farnborough Airshow, the aircraft was designated A350 XWB (Xtra-Wide-Body)

The A350's maiden flight took place in June of 2013 from the Toulouse–Blagnac Airport.

The first delivery to launch customer Qatar Airways occurred in December of 2014.

Current models include the A350-900 and the A350-1000.

Airbus A350 Tips for Spotters

Airbus A350-900 spotting highlights, including a twin-engine configuration, a single passenger deck, a distinctive nose and winglets.
Airbus A350-900 spotting highlights, including a twin-engine configuration, a single passenger deck, a distinctive nose and winglets.

Airbus A350 showing its blended winglets

The unique 6-piece windshield configuration of the Airbus A350

Side-by-side view of the Airbus A350 (below) and Boeing 787 (top)
Side-by-side view of the Boeing 787 (top) and Airbus A350 (below)

The Airbus A350 employs a 6-piece windshield, while the similar shaped Boeing 787 features a cockpit with a 4-piece windshield.

Shown below is the windshield arrangement of the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, and also the windshield of the Bombardier CS100.

The cockpit windshield configuration of the Bombardier CS100 compared with the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787

The different configurations of the cockpit windshield, seen from a front view, on the Airbus A350 with its 6-piece windshield, and Boeing 787 with its 4-piece windshield. Also shown is the windshield configuration of the Bombardier CS100.
The different configurations of the cockpit windshield, seen from a front view, on the Airbus A350 (top) with its 6-piece windshield, and Boeing 787 with its 4-piece windshield (below). Also shown is the windshield configuration of the Bombardier CS100.

 

Airbus A350 Photographs

Airbus A350

Qatar Airbus A350-941

Airbus A350-941 prototype, Registration F-WGZZ, during takeoff from Toulouse Blagnac International Airport
AIB A350 F-WZGG 3nov14 LFBO-2Gyrostat (Wikimedia) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons