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15 Facts About The Airbus A350 XWB

Who wants to go flying?

1) The A350-1000's weight of 308 tons is equivalent to 241 Cessna Skyhawks.

Clément Alloing

2) Over 70% of the A350's weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials that combine composites (53%), titanium, and advanced aluminum alloys.

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3) The Honeywell produced "Airbus Aircraft Environment Surveillance System," found on the A350, integrates the Traffic Collision Avoidance System, Mode S Transponders, the Weather Radar and the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System modules into one system, reducing as many as eight avionics boxes down to two.

Clément Alloing

4) As with any new aircraft, the A350 saw its fair share of testing before it was worthy for certification.

5) With a full-LED lighting system that creates more than 16 million different color options, the A350 has plenty of options for mood-lighting.

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6) The A350-800 has a range of 8,000+ nautical miles, enough to fly between New York and London 2.5 times without refueling.

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7) "XWB" stands for "extra wide body" on the A350. With a cross-section of 220 inches from armrest to armrest, the airliner's cabin provides the widest seats in its category, being five inches larger than its nearest competitor.

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8) The Honeywell air management system changes out all of the air every two to three minutes, ensuring a draft-free environment and consistent temperature for passengers.

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9) The A350's integrated modular avionics (IMA) manages up to 40 functions (versus 23 functions for the A380) such as undercarriage, fuel, pneumatics, cabin environmental systems, and fire detection.

10) The maximum speed flown during testing was clocked at Mach .9, or 685 mph. The average speed for most commercial aircraft ranges between 450 and 590 mph.

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11) Many commercial aircraft have eight fuel tanks - the A350 XWB only has three. One tank is located below the fuselage, while the other two are in the wings.

Clément Alloing

12) At over 240 feet long, the A350-1000 is nearly the length of a football field.

13) The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines on the A350-1000 produce 97,000 lbs of thrust.

14) To purchase one, you'll need approximately $290 million. Qatar Airways has spent roughly $23 billion on its 80 A350s - that's one serious invoice.

15) If only airlines would start formation flying the A350 on normal routes...talk about a view.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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