After delay of several years and reconstructions for billion USD, the European aviation concern Airbus finally delivered the first airplane A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body). During a ceremony in Toulouse wide-machine designed for long-haul flights was handed over to the customer Qatar Airways. This is the first passenger aircraft of a new generation of air-concern after A380. The model A350 will compete with the 777 and 787 Dreamliner American Boeing. Airbus A350 reconstruct the original to make it more economical and market-oriented.
The standard configuration with three classes called A350-900, accommodates 315 passengers and can travel 14,500 kilometers. Planned is a longer version of 369 passengers (A350-1000), which deliveries will begin in 2017. The planned short version A350-800, however, fell victim at the expense of the modernized version of the jets for long flights A330. With more economical engines and other improvements created 20 years ago aircraft will experience a second youth under the name A330neo.
Qatar turn its efforts to become a leading aviation hub amid preparations to host the World Cup in 2022. Due to its new twin machines Airbus (A350) and rival Boeing (Dreamliner) promise significant fuel savings by up to 25%. Accordingly, carbon emissions will be reduced. Originally conceived as a modern version of the old A330, A350 was designed as a completely new aircraft after criticism from airlines.
The basic version A350-900 worth 295.5 million USD cash on list price. So far, Airbus has received orders for 778 units of the new aircraft. The initial delivery of the first A350 to Qatar Airways was scheduled for early December, but was again postponed, but not the fault of Airbus.