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.

Airbus A350-900 of Cathay Pacific
Airbus A350-900 of Cathay Pacific

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 the A350 XWB (Xtra-Wide-Body).

The A350 is built with over 70% advanced materials, combining carbon composites (53%), titanium and modern aluminium alloys, to create a lighter and more cost-efficient aircraft while also reducing maintenance requirements. The latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines are quieter and more efficient.

The A350 design includes a wide fuselage cross-section, allowing seating arrangements ranging from an eight-abreast low-density premium economy layout to a ten-abreast high-density seating configuration. The XWB fuselage has a constant width from door 1 to door 4, unlike previous Airbus aircraft, to provide maximum usable volume. Fuselage width is 19' 7".

The XWB's nose section utilizes a configuration derived from the A380, with a forward-mounted nosegear bay and a six-panel flightdeck windscreen.

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

The first delivery of the A350-900 to launch customer Qatar Airways occurred in December of 2014. Delta Air Lines became the first U.S. airline to receive an A350, in July of 2017.

As of November 30, 2017, Airbus has delivered 133 A350s to 17 airlines worldwide. The total number of 350s ordered is 858.

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

 

Airbus A350-900 Characteristics and Spotting Tips

The Airbus A350-900 design features twin-engines, a single passenger deck, a distinctive nose and winglets, and two 4-wheel main landing gear configurations. The overall length is 219' 5". It is assigned ICAO Aircraft Type Designator A359.

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

Airbus A350-900 of Asiana Airlines showing its blended winglets
Airbus A350 of Asiana Airlines showing its blended winglets

The unique 6-piece windscreen configuration of the Airbus A350
The unique 6-piece windshield configuration of the Airbus A350

 

Airbus A350-1000 Spotting Tips and Photographs

The A350-1000 design evolved from the A350-900, via the addition of 6 frames in front of the wing, and 5 frames behind.

The airliner received FAA and EASA certification on November 21, 2017. Airbus is targeting the first A350-1000 delivery before the end of 2017 to launch customer Qatar Airways.

Airbus A350-1000 design highlights include a twin-engine configuration, a single passenger deck, a distinctive nose and winglets, and two 6-wheel main landing gears. Its overall length is 242' 7". It is assigned ICAO Aircraft Type Designator A35K.

Airbus A350-1000 spotting highlights, including a twin-engine configuration, a single passenger deck, a distinctive nose and winglets, and two 6-wheel main landing gears

Airbus A350-1000 with its dual 6-wheel main landing gear design
Airbus A350-1000 with its dual 6-wheel main landing gear design

 

 

Comparisons of the Airbus A350 with Similar Airliners

Side-by-side view of the Airbus A350-900 (below) and Boeing 787-9 (top)
Side-by-side view of the Boeing 787-9 (top) and Airbus A350-900 (below)

Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300 Side-by-Side Comparison
Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300 Side-by-Side Comparison

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 A350-900 of Delta Air Lines
Airbus A350-900 of Delta Air Lines

Airbus A350-900 of Cathay Pacific
Airbus A350-900 of Cathay Pacific

Airbus A350-900 of China Airlines
Airbus A350-900 of China Airlines

Airbus A350-900 of Singapore Airlines at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California
Airbus A350-900 of Singapore Airlines at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California


Airbus A350-1000 ... 11 frames longer than the A350-900
Airbus A350-1000 prototype

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