Airbus has begun production of the first A350-1000 wing at their manufacturing plant in Broughton, North Wales. The first pair of wings will soon be on a Beluga flight down to Toulouse for final assembly before delivery.
The wing is the same span as the A350-900 that is already in service, but 90% of the parts have been modified and the trailing edge has been extended to resize the wing for the additional payload and range.
At 32 metres long by six metres wide, the A350 XWB wing is the largest single part made from carbon fibre composite material in use in civil aviation today. They are designed and developed at Airbus’ facility in Filton, near Bristol, where a number of other systems are designed and tested including fuel systems and landing gear.
Airbus A350 wing goes into production – view from above
The high-performance wings of the A350-1000, as with the other varients, make the aircraft faster, more efficient and quieter. The wing design includes several streamlined features. Among these are droop-nose leading edge devices and new adaptive dropped-hinge flaps, which increase the jetliner’s efficiency at low speeds.
Airbus A350-1000 wing cover
To improve efficiency at higher speeds, the A350 XWB can deflect its wing flaps differentially, optimising the wing profile and providing better load control.