The A350 XWB, Airbus' newest twin-aisle aircraft, is expected to sport a structure of more than 50 percent composites by weight. The plane is expected to be delivered in 2013. GKN bought Airbus' Filton wing-manufacturing facility and is expected to use composites there to produce wing sets for the A350.
Frank Bamford, senior vice president, business development and strategy, GKN Aerospace, said, "The A350 XWB wing spar is a major new package of work for our new Filton team who are currently detailing the processes, securing the capital equipment and training our people to take on the advanced automated manufacturing processes required. Our A350 XWB work is running on schedule to highly focused timescales and we expect manufacturing activity to commence at Filton within 12 months."