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A350 XWB Shaping Efficiency magazine

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the technologies, processes and people of Airbus’ next-generation widebody jetliner with the “A350 XWB Shaping Efficiency” interactive magazine. This e-publication, launched in 2013, includes exclusive video content, insightful news articles, dramatic imagery and more. 

To be notified by e-mail when a new edition of “A350 XWB Shaping Efficiency” is available, simply register on the Airbus website’s Subscription page. Tablet users can also review the magazine using a dedicated app that is available on iTunes and the Google Play store


#01 Bringing a Vision to Life

The Airbus A350 XWB – Xtra-Wide Body – will soon make its historic maiden voyage.

Starting with this edition and continuing up to and after the A350 XWB’s first flight, Airbus will bring you an all-access backstage pass on the development, assembly and flight tests for this truly revolutionary aircraft.


 
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In this edition:

  • Meet the two test flight pilots and the aircraft manager of the first flight crew. In the second edition, you’ll meet the other three members of the first flight crew
  • Visit the A350 XWB flight simulators and ground test facilities.
  • Discover what makes the three A350 XWB models different from each other and from the competition.

 

So come along as Airbus takes you for the ride of a lifetime on this revolutionary aircraft.

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#02 Warming up for First Flight

The first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB – Xtra-Wide Body –– is closer and closer to happening.

In this second edition of the A350 XWB magazine, we continue to bring you all the latest news on the development, assembly and testing of this truly revolutionary aircraft.


 
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In this edition:

  • The international team of flight test engineers as they test themselves and the aircraft.
  • The ‘torture tests’ one unlucky aircraft is subjected to.
  • What makes carbon-fibre materials so useful in aviation.
  • How the latest in engine technology reduces the A350 XWB’s environmental impact.
  • The latest milestones in the development of this aircraft.

 

Now strap in as Airbus takes you on the ride of a lifetime.

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#03 “The Time is Here: The Time to Fly

Issue #03 is all about the excitement of the big day: 14 June, the day MSN001 made the maiden voyage of the A350 XWB programme.

We have coverage of the event at every step: from the first flight crew preparation, the briefing and boarding, the take-off, the flight, the landing, to the crew’s debrief to the media.

In this third edition of the A350 XWB magazine, we continue to bring you all the latest news on the development, assembly and testing of this truly revolutionary aircraft.


 
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In this edition:

  • The first flight crew preparation.
  • The briefing and boarding.
  • The take off.
  • The flight.
  • The landing.

 

So let us take you behind the scenes with exclusive video contents: be with the crew as they settle in onboard the aircraft, join the telemetry office as they monitor the four-hour flight, and much more...

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#04 Flight test Campaign : Full speed ahead!

Ever since MSN001 made its maiden voyage in June, the flight test department has been busy, not just with that aircraft but also MSN003, the second A350 XWB to fly.

In Issue #4 we give you an insight into the flight test campaign and the department in charge. We’ll take you inside the home of the flight test department – the building nicknamed the ‘Abreuvoir’ – to meet the pilots, flight test engineers, test equipment teams, mechanics, and other people who work there. We also have exclusive video coverage of two critical tests: VMU and Flutter.

So join us and learn how the ‘Abreuvoir’ got its name, why MSN003 is the second test aircraft, and how and why the VMU and Flutter tests are performed.


 
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In this edition:

  • A350 XWB MSN003 : Meet the First Flight test crew
  • Now there are two: MSN003 takes its first flight
  • En route for Certification
  • L'abreuvoir : A strange name for a Very important Building


#05 Time to leave Home : A350 XWB goes global

In the months between its initial flight in October and the end of 2013, MSN003 continued to accumulate flight test hours. And during that time, all of its flights began and ended at its home in Toulouse, France. But that’s all changed in the first few weeks of 2014.


 
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In this edition:

  • Follow MSN003 and its crew to the heights of Bolivia and the cold of wintertime Canada
  • Visit the Home of the A350 XWB Launch Customer
  • The A350 XWB Makes a Sparkling Debut at the Singapore Airshow
  • Visit MSN5000, the non-flying test specimen, as it undergoes the ultimate in ‘torture tests.’


#06 What a Year It’s Been – And There’s Still More to Come

A little more than a year ago, MSN001 made the very first flight in the A350 XWB programme. Since then, the programme has achieved many milestones on its way to certification.


 
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In this edition:

  • Discover MSN002, the first cabin-equipped test aircraft.
  • Follow the Certification activities: Water ingestion tests , hot and cold weather tests at the McKinley Climactic Laboratory in Florida; and hot weather tests in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Early Long Flights : the first two passengers-carrying flights with Airbus employees.

#07 Certifiably Excellent

In just over 14 months Airbus executed one of the toughest, most intense test programmes ever developed and it was rewarded for its efforts when, on 30 September, the A350-900 received EASA Type Certification, paving the way for commercial launch with Qatar Airways.


 
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In this edition:

  • “Certified ! The A350 XWB is now formally cleared for take-off”
  • “Aircraft certification for beginners: the What, How and Why”
  • Join our video teams as they follow MSN005 on its round-the world Route Proving Trips.
  • Be sure to check out the impressive test fleet formation flight featuring all five A350 XWB test aircraft.

 

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Tablets owners can also download our all-new A350 XWB Magazine on the AppStore or on GooglePlay.