Aft fuselage of Airbus A350 XWB delivered for assembly

The aft fuselage for the A350 XWB has been delivered to the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse, France. It will be assemled with the front and center fuselage sections, which ere joined in early April.

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Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on April 25 that it has delivered the aft fuselage for the A350 XWB static test airframe to the final assembly line in Toulouse. This final section of the fuselage will be assembled with the front and center fuselage sections, which were joined up in early April.

Assembled at Airbus’ site in Hamburg, Germany, the 20m/65.6-ft-long carbon fiber aft fuselage is made up of the rear fuselage barrel, produced at Airbus’ Getafe, Spain, plant, two lateral aft fuselage panels made by Premium AEROTEC (Germany) plus the upper and lower aft fuselage panels manufactured by Airbus in Stade, Germany.

This first A350 XWB airframe will be used for the static structural tests that all new aircraft undergo as part of their certification process. The assembly of the first flying A350 XWB, MSN1, will start during summer.