First A350-1000 wing goes into production at Broughton
19 August 2015
The wings for the first Airbus A350-1000 have begun the process of assembly at Broughton, North Wales.
The A350-1000 wing has the same span of the A350-900 that is already in service, but 90 percent of the parts have been modified and the trailing edge has been extended to resize the wing for the additional payload and range.
At 32m long by 6m wide, the A350 XWB wing is the largest single part made from carbon fibre composite material in use in civil aviation today. They are designed and developed at Airbus’ facility in Filton, near Bristol, where a number of other systems are designed and tested, including fuel systems and landing gear.
The high-performance wings of the A350 XWB make the aircraft faster, more efficient and quieter. The wing design includes several streamlined features, including droop-nose leading edge devices and new adaptive dropped-hinge flaps, which increase the aircraft’s efficiency at low speeds.
To improve efficiency at higher speeds, the A350 XWB can deflect its wing flaps differentially, optimising the wing profile and providing better load control.