Cost-effectiveness

Revenue generator

The A350 XWB: an Xtra revenue generator.

Airlines operating the A350 XWB will appreciate its contribution to their bottom line, providing improvements in fuel efficiency, maintenance costs and reliability.

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For a better bottom line

Airlines operating the A350 XWB will appreciate its contribution to their bottom line, as a result of improvements in fuel efficiency, maintenance costs, reliability and more.

The aircraft's 25 per cent reduction in fuel consumption when compared with the competition stems from three qualities designed into the A350 XWB: lower weight through the extensive application of composite materials and advanced metallic alloys; enhanced operational efficiency resulting from its refined aerodynamics; and the use of new engines incorporating state-of-the-art propulsion technology.


Xtra Wide Body

The A350 XWB’s Xtra-wide fuselage ensures maximum comfort for passengers and crew, while guaranteeing operators the optimum revenue potential and operating efficiency.

This jetliner is equipped with the widest seats of any jetliner in its category, providing generous room in all classes of service – including Comfort Economy, where 18-inch seats at nine-abreast are standard. Passengers also have more space at shoulder level in window seats thanks to the vertical sidewall panel design.

With the maximum 221-inch interior cross-section from sidewall to sidewall, the jetliner has six more inches of cabin width than competing aircraft – enabling airlines to integrate an extra seat per row without compromising passenger comfort. In addition, crew rest compartments are located well outside the revenue-generating cabin space.


State-of-the-art engines

The A350 XWB engines enable double-digit savings for operators.

The Trent XWB engine’s design includes low hub-tip ratio swept fan, advanced compressor aerodynamics, next-generation clearance control and new material technologies. Such elements ensure the engine delivers exceptional lifecycle fuel efficiency and maximum revenue potential, as well as lower the aircraft’s environmental impact.

The Trent XWB engine’s design includes low hub-tip ratio swept fan, advanced compressor aerodynamics, next-generation clearance control and new material technologies. Such elements ensure the engine delivers exceptional lifecycle fuel efficiency and maximum revenue potential, as well as lower the aircraft’s environmental impact.

 

Streamlined maintenance

The A350 XWB: Xtra streamlined maintenance.

The A350 XWB’s maintenance is easier with Airbus’ focus on improved and simplified aircraft systems.


Reduced costs

A350 XWB maintenance costs are reduced by up to 40 per cent thanks to Airbus’ focus on improved and simplified aircraft systems – including hydraulics, electronics and power generation – which also enhance the aircraft’s improved operating economics.

The implementation of composites in the fuselage, wing and tail reduces maintenance tasks by creating a more “intelligent” airframe with increased resistance to corrosion and fatigue during the jetliner’s lifetime.

In addition, faster turn-around times are delivered thanks to the aircraft’s flat-floor concept – which allows for faster cleaning.

 

Intelligent airframe

By using the right materials in the right places, Airbus’ A350 XWB offers 25-per cent lower operating costs.

The A350 XWB’s airframe materials were selected for their optimum qualities – with Airbus using the best material for each individual application. This “intelligent” airframe includes a range of innovative leading-edge materials – from composites in the fuselage, wings and tail, to advanced metallics in such major components as the landing gear, engine pylon and structural beams.

Airbus’ extensive application of composites – comprising 53 per cent of the overall airframe – benefits from the design and manufacturing improvements for such lightweight, strong and durable materials – leading to advantages on the A350 XWB final assembly line such as reduced development times and higher production rates. These materials also contribute to lower overall aircraft weight, along with proven in-service durability, reduced corrosion and fatigue, and lower maintenance costs. For example, the nearly all-composite, 32-metre wings are capable of producing more lift and helping to reduce the aircraft’s drag and fuel burn.

The A350 XWB only needs to be grounded once every 12 years for a check-up compared to once every six years for aircraft made out of aluminium. Advanced metallic materials have found their place on the A350 XWB as well, including low density/high performance aluminium-lithium alloys that provide increased stiffness and resistance at lower weight in floor beams, frames, ribs and landing gear bays. The latest titanium alloys are applied in main landing gear supports, engine pylons, attachments and for structural elements around passenger and cargo doors, offering increased strength and robustness at less weight than other metals.
 
 

Four-panel concept, electrical architecture

The A350 XWB fuselage section provides key advantages thanks to Airbus’ four-panel approach.

The A350 XWB’s major fuselage sections are created by the assembly of four large panels each, which are joined with longitudinal riveted joints. This approach provides more modular options and allows for the maintenance/replacement in case of extreme damage to an individual panel, in addition to the considerable weight savings.

Delivering further benefits is the A350 XWB’s design as a connected aircraft, allowing it to send data to the ground throughout a flight – improving communication between the aircraft and ground crews and facilitating more efficient in-advance maintenance operations that support better air traffic management.

The A350 XWB also requires considerably less power than competing jetliners of the same type, leading to a simpler and safer electrical architecture with only three electrical circuits. In addition, the LED lighting system – which has a lower maintenance rate – has been engineered to last the life of an aircraft.


Airbus family

The A350 XWB: an Xtra Airbus family member

Airbus’ philosophy is based on increasing commonality across all of its aircraft product lines, making operations, training and maintenance easier and less expensive for airlines.


Family traits

Airbus' A350 XWB is based on the family concept.

This approach continues Airbus’ philosophy of maximising the commonality factor across all of its aircraft product lines. The goal is to make operations, training and maintenance easier and less expensive for customers – a value that contributes to the daily efficiency and operational flexibility of Airbus jetliners in service around the world.

Fifteen of the company’s aircraft models – from the A318 to the A350 XWB and A380 – share common handling characteristics through their use of Airbus-pioneered fly-by-wire flight controls and are equipped with cockpits that share similarities in functionality and layout. This commonality enables the qualification of pilots on multiple aircraft types within an aircraft family, while bringing significant savings through training and streamlined procedures.

Additionally, the Cross-Crew Qualification concept positions fly-by-wire qualified pilots for an easy transition between Airbus’ larger jetliners – the A350 XWB, A380 and A330/A340 – and its single-aisle A320 Family through straightforward and rapid differential training. Another Airbus commonality advantage is called is Mixed Fleet Flying, which is a pilot's ability to be current on more than one Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft family type at a time.