First A350 structures arrive in Toulouse for assembly

The 21m front fuselage section delivered from Airbus in Saint-Naizaire, France, is destined to become part of the A350 XWB static test airframe.

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Airbus (Toulouse, France, USA) reported on Dec. 23 that it has delivered the first major airframe section to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. The 21m/69-ft-long front fuselage section, delivered from Airbus in Saint-Nazaire, France, is destined to become part of the A350 XWB static test airframe.

Final assembly of this airframe will start during the first quarter 2012 when the front fuselage is joined with the center fuselage. Start of final assembly of the first “flyable” A350 XWB will follow in the second quarter 2012.