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Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:49 pm

MSN 316 (SQ) rolling out from paint shop soon
MSN 321 (JL) exited paint
MSN 334 (CZ) rolled out from FAL
MSN 340 (BA) tail seen
MSN 343 (JL) entered FAL
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:28 am

MSN 305 (SQ#34-Regional) active at the delivery centre
MSN 306 (CX#34-35J) initial engine run
MSN 321 (JL#1-359) active on the flightline
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:46 am

Is it a "942" or not not guys ? Still not answered yet :D
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146519169 ... pool-a350/
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:07 am

patschinger wrote:
Is it a "942" or not not guys ? Still not answered yet :D
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146519169 ... pool-a350/


According "A350 XWB Production website" are all JAL 942's

https://sites.google.com/site/a350xwbpr ... ction-list

I trust this site, it is usually very accurate.


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Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:23 am

Airboe wrote:
I trust this site, it is usually very accurate.

KR/Airboe

No it isn't.
Airbus has 890 orders for the A350, that site says 939. I have no idea where they get that number from.
Also Airbus delivered 263 frames (of which 260 flew away) and they only go as high as 256.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:34 am

UA947 wrote:
Airboe wrote:
I trust this site, it is usually very accurate.

KR/Airboe

No it isn't.
Airbus has 890 orders for the A350, that site says 939. I have no idea where they get that number from.
Also Airbus delivered 263 frames (of which 260 flew away) and they only go as high as 256.


I think they’re referring to the production spreadsheet on the site, which has been very accurate
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:38 am

rufusmi wrote:
UA947 wrote:
Airboe wrote:
I trust this site, it is usually very accurate.

KR/Airboe

No it isn't.
Airbus has 890 orders for the A350, that site says 939. I have no idea where they get that number from.
Also Airbus delivered 263 frames (of which 260 flew away) and they only go as high as 256.


I think they’re referring to the production spreadsheet on the site, which has been very accurate

I see at least one mistake in that. 416 is Lufthansa, not Air France
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:53 am

UA947 wrote:
rufusmi wrote:
UA947 wrote:
No it isn't.
Airbus has 890 orders for the A350, that site says 939. I have no idea where they get that number from.
Also Airbus delivered 263 frames (of which 260 flew away) and they only go as high as 256.


I think they’re referring to the production spreadsheet on the site, which has been very accurate

I see at least one mistake in that. 416 is Lufthansa, not Air France

To be fair, Airbus do switch MSNs around a lot.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:44 pm

It is a site run by a non Airbus person tracking frames etc. There will be mistakes, there will be MSN swaps etc. It is however the best we have - or that I have found.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:56 pm

UA947 wrote:
Airboe wrote:
I trust this site, it is usually very accurate.

KR/Airboe

No it isn't.
Airbus has 890 orders for the A350, that site says 939. I have no idea where they get that number from.
Also Airbus delivered 263 frames (of which 260 flew away) and they only go as high as 256.


As far as I can see, is in this sheet which contains information from production, one (1) error (Lufthansa/Air France serial number):
1 line out of 480 is a lot less than 1% of fails: This site is very accurate. (however maybe not flawless)
Nitpicking a site with a lot valuable information will not bring us further.

Thanks.

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Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:44 pm

I also use this site as it's updated more frequently. It already shows MSN 416 is for LH, not AF:

https://aibfamily.flights/production-list/A350
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:05 pm

MSN 302 (IB #4), EC-NCX, was delivered today. #7 in April...#29 in 2019...#264 total.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:39 pm

patschinger wrote:
Is it a "942" or not not guys ? Still not answered yet


The TCDS was updated on 3 April, but does not yet show an A350-942 nor the Weight Variant (WV17) rumored to be for the A350-942s. So once the plane is delivered, the TCDS should be updated with at least the WV (even if the JAL planes don't have that WV, it is in the Airbus ACAP now) and hopefully an A350-942.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:42 pm

MSN 310 (ET #12) had its first flight today #AIB01FA.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:34 pm

StTim wrote:
It is a site run by a non Airbus person tracking frames etc. There will be mistakes, there will be MSN swaps etc. It is however the best we have - or that I have found.


This site has also amazing Airbus Data, including a A350 Production List - https://aibfamily.flights/

But as you said no site/person/team is perfect.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:00 pm

MSN 285 (HU#5) maintenance engine run and taxi test
MSN 302 (IB#4) on its delivery flight as IB035. #264. #29 in 2019. #7 in April
MSN 310 (ET#12) maiden test flight #AIB01FA
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:36 pm

When will the first EY 35K (MSN 290) come out of paint? It’s been in XFW for about 3 weeks now.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:03 pm

Latest photo I could find of Virgin's A350 - no full livery yet but those engines are something else!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aircrafts/33436118378/
Q400, A320-200, A321-200, 737-500, 737-800, 747-400, 757-200, 787-9 // FCA, TOM, MON, MT, BA, VS, DL, BE
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:12 pm

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January 2019 Figures
Flightline Power Ons: 9 (273/279/215/292/265/214/278/287/272)
Initial Engine Runs: 8 (262/273/279/278/292/214/265/215)
RTOs: 9 (271/262/277/276/273/279/278/292/214)
First Flights: 10 (271/280/277/262/276/273/279/278/292/214)
First CAFs: 7 (268/271/211/267/269/262/276)
Deliveries: 5 (268/271/211/267/269)
EIS: 4 (250/268/211/245)

February 2019 Figures
Flightline Power Ons: 8 (286/224/234/285/297/281/229/293)
Initial Engine Runs: 8 (272/287/285/286/234/224/297/293)
RTOs: 10 (215/265/272/287/234/285/286/224/297/293)
First Flights: 9 (265/215/272/287/286/224/234/285/297)
First CAFs: 8 (273/280/284/277/272/279/215/278)
Deliveries: 9 (276/262/273/280/284/277/272/279/278)
EIS: 8 (269/262/271/276/226/244/267/273)

March 2019 Figures
Flightline Power Ons: 8 (305/294/296/289/291/300/237/302)
Initial Engine Runs: 9 (229/281/296/305/289/291/294/237/300)
RTOs: 8 (229/281/296/289/305/294/291/237)
First Flights: 8 (293/229/281/296/289/305/291/294)
First CAFs: 9 (287/286/214/265/285/293/292/224/296)
Deliveries: 8 (215/286/287/214/265/293/292/224)
EIS: 10 (280/272/284/279/215/278/286/277/214/287/265)


April 2019 Figures
Flightline Power Ons: 11 (290/316/303/241/309/295/310/282/312/306/321)
Initial Engine Runs: 10 (302/290/303/309/316/241/295/282/310/306)
RTOs: 9 (300/302/290/303/309/316/295/241/310)
First Flights: 10 (237/300/302/290/303/295/316/309/241/310)
First CAFs: 8 (289/294/291/234/300/302/303/237)
Deliveries: 7 (296/289/294/291/234/300/302)
EIS: 9 (292/224/296/289/294/291/293/234/300)
 
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Thu May 02, 2019 9:36 am

MSN 229 (QR#40-35J) first CAF #AIB04NG
MSN 297 (VN#14) out on another test flight #AIB07FZ
MSN 312 (IB#5) initial engine run
MSN 335 (OZ#10) rolled out of FAL
 
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Thu May 02, 2019 7:46 pm

MSN 237 (QR#39-359) second CAF #AIB04HD
MSN 251 (HX#8) maintenance engine run & taxi test (delivered 12/31/18)
MSN 303 (PR#6-last on order) sporting final reg (RP-C3508), delivery imminent
MSN 306 (CX#34-35J) RTO - first flight scheduled for Friday
 
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Fri May 03, 2019 9:34 am

MSN 270 (HX???) maintenance engine run and taxi test
MSN 311 (CA#10-last on order) active on the flightline
 
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Fri May 03, 2019 4:54 pm

MSN 303 (PR #6), RP-C3508, was delivered today. #1 in May...#30 in 2019...#265 total.
 
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Fri May 03, 2019 7:59 pm

MSN 241 (QR#41-35J) second test flight #AIB02GC
MSN 282 (JJ#11) new engine run (change of engine)
MSN 303 (PR#6-last on order) on its delivery flight as PR5003. #265. #30 in 2019. #1 in May
MSN 306 (CX#34-35J) maiden test flight #AIB01HK
 
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Sat May 04, 2019 7:36 am

Is anybody aware about the state of the QR frames 249, 257 Abs 275 ? No clear state at https://sites.google.com/site/a350xwbpr ... ction-list
 
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Sat May 04, 2019 8:03 am

patschinger wrote:
Is anybody aware about the state of the QR frames 249, 257 Abs 275 ? No clear state at https://sites.google.com/site/a350xwbpr ... ction-list

MSN 249 is painted with engines getting final checks before heading to the flightline
MSN 257 is at Station 20 getting fitted with engines etc
MSN 275 was never built. Was assigned as a 359 but then QR switched their orders to 35Js and it was abandoned before assembly began.
 
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Sat May 04, 2019 7:07 pm

MSN 297 (VN#14) out on yet another test flight #AIB08FZ
MSN 325 (BF#3) rolled out of paint hangar
 
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Sun May 05, 2019 9:31 am

First Etihad A350-1000:

Image

If image doesn't work:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xfwspotter/47777727911/
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Sun May 05, 2019 9:37 am

LoganTheBogan wrote:
First Etihad A350-1000:

Image

If image doesn't work:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xfwspotter/47777727911/


Wow
What a beauty!
 
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Sun May 05, 2019 10:22 am

LoganTheBogan wrote:
First Etihad A350-1000:

Image

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/xfwspotter/47777727911/


Delightful! Very glad that a few of these will be spared the chop from EY's fleet revisions.

Now just impatiently waiting for BA and VS!
 
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Sun May 05, 2019 2:52 pm

Fist A350 ACJ

msn/427 German Air Force
msn/443 Private Unknown
 
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Sun May 05, 2019 8:07 pm

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Fist A350 ACJ
msn/427 German Air Force
msn/443 Private Unknown

I show 443 as the first ACJ. To become D-AKAY for the German Government.
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 2:25 am

Stitch wrote:
JerseyFlyer wrote:
900s for domestic roles.

PM wrote:
Helluva plane for 90-minute domestic ops. :o


Yeah kind of surprised they did not go with A330-900s, but they may want the flexibility the A35-900 offers to move them between domestic and international operations long-term.


TC957 wrote:
I hardly think JAL will need 31 A359's all for domestic use, I'd say more like 12 -15 max.


Well at the moment they have 18 firm orders. The domestic-configuration 777-200 fleet numbers 12 frames, so...


PM wrote:
I did not know that 777-300ERs were being used for domestic ops. Are they dedicated to domestic flights or just killing time between long-haul flights?


I have to believe it is the latter since they are all configured for four-class international operations.

They used B747-400SR's and -200SR's in domestic service. Why is it a stretch for them to use any other airplane for domestic Service??
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 6:14 am

strfyr51 wrote:
Stitch wrote:
JerseyFlyer wrote:
900s for domestic roles.

PM wrote:
Helluva plane for 90-minute domestic ops. :o


Yeah kind of surprised they did not go with A330-900s, but they may want the flexibility the A35-900 offers to move them between domestic and international operations long-term.


TC957 wrote:
I hardly think JAL will need 31 A359's all for domestic use, I'd say more like 12 -15 max.


Well at the moment they have 18 firm orders. The domestic-configuration 777-200 fleet numbers 12 frames, so...


PM wrote:
I did not know that 777-300ERs were being used for domestic ops. Are they dedicated to domestic flights or just killing time between long-haul flights?


I have to believe it is the latter since they are all configured for four-class international operations.

They used B747-400SR's and -200SR's in domestic service. Why is it a stretch for them to use any other airplane for domestic Service??


The 747s offered capacity way beyond anything else available. That's not the case for the A350.
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 7:48 am

EduardoL wrote:
A350 ACJ

It's worth noting that ACJ350s will all be built with the -ULR modifications as standard, as well.
I myself, suspect a more prosaic motive... ~Thranduil
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 8:48 am

LAX772LR wrote:
EduardoL wrote:
A350 ACJ

It's worth noting that ACJ350s will all be built with the -ULR modifications as standard, as well.

Makes sense since I would imagine that it needs the range to reach the whole world from one point ;)
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Mon May 06, 2019 9:34 am

MSN 229 (QR#40-35J) second CAF this morning #AIB05NG
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 9:59 am

Nest -900 for QR scheduled for delivery today

Airbus A350 -941 237 A7-AMJ Qatar Airways delivery 06may19 TLS-DOH
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 10:33 am

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
EduardoL wrote:
Fist A350 ACJ
msn/427 German Air Force
msn/443 Private Unknown

I show 443 as the first ACJ. To become D-AKAY for the German Government.


Interesting that the bird for the government will wear a civilian registration. KA as in “Konrad Adenauer?”
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 10:47 am

marcelh wrote:
hkcanadaexpat wrote:
EduardoL wrote:
Fist A350 ACJ
msn/427 German Air Force
msn/443 Private Unknown

I show 443 as the first ACJ. To become D-AKAY for the German Government.


Interesting that the bird for the government will wear a civilian registration. KA as in “Konrad Adenauer?”


The German Airforce aircraft usually have civilian registrations until final delivery. Most recent example is D-AISY, which will become 15+03.

I've heard different reasons for that, such as doing the cabin completion work as a civilian project and therefore not requiring military certification in the first place but also easier release of budget as it makes the aircraft "pre-owned" upon delivery to the Airforce.
No idea, if any of this is true.
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Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Mon May 06, 2019 2:09 pm

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
EduardoL wrote:
Fist A350 ACJ
msn/427 German Air Force
msn/443 Private Unknown

I show 443 as the first ACJ. To become D-AKAY for the German Government.


427 A350-941 Luftwaffe (German Gov.) To be assembled in Toulouse
443 A350-941 Private To be assembled in Toulouse

https://sites.google.com/site/a350xwbpr ... ction-list
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 3:53 pm

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
MSN 297 (VN#14) out on yet another test flight #AIB08FZ


Is there any issue with this particular frame^? I notice that it has been moving very slowly from station to station and now it requires more testing than VN's other A350s.
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 4:35 pm

memphiX wrote:
hkcanadaexpat wrote:
MSN 297 (VN#14) out on yet another test flight #AIB08FZ


Is there any issue with this particular frame^? I notice that it has been moving very slowly from station to station and now it requires more testing than VN's other A350s.



I wondeer if it has some upgrade parts?
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 6:59 pm

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427 A350-941 Luftwaffe (German Gov.) To be assembled in Toulouse
443 A350-941 Private To be assembled in Toulouse
https://sites.google.com/site/a350xwbpr ... ction-list

Please use that source with a grain of salt. It has disappointed in the past when it comes to future production slots.
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 7:30 pm

MSN 237 (QR#39-359) on its delivery flight as QR3350. #266. #31 in 2019. #2 in May
MSN 295 (CA#9) active at the delivery centre
MSN 310 (ET#12) second test flight #AIB02FA
MSN 312 (IB#5) RTO - first flight scheduled for Tuesday
MSN 337 (CX#36-359) rolled out of FAL
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 8:09 pm

memphiX wrote:
hkcanadaexpat wrote:
MSN 297 (VN#14) out on yet another test flight #AIB08FZ


Is there any issue with this particular frame^? I notice that it has been moving very slowly from station to station and now it requires more testing than VN's other A350s.

According to this article, VN had this photo taken on April 3rd! So what's happened since then, that it still hasn't been delivered almost five weeks later?

http://aviationtribune.com/airlines/asi ... -on-order/
 
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Mon May 06, 2019 8:15 pm

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
EduardoL wrote:
427 A350-941 Luftwaffe (German Gov.) To be assembled in Toulouse
443 A350-941 Private To be assembled in Toulouse
https://sites.google.com/site/a350xwbpr ... ction-list

Please use that source with a grain of salt. It has disappointed in the past when it comes to future production slots.

Oh, I thought he is clairvoyant with msn 600 for Starlux already on that list :lol: :lol:
 
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Tue May 07, 2019 9:30 am

MSN 246 (HX#7) maintenance engine run & taxi test (delivered 12/31/18)
MSN 295 (CA#9) first CAF #AIB03HH
MSN 305 (SQ#34-Regional) first CAF #AIB05FP
 
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Tue May 07, 2019 7:49 pm

MSN 229 (QR#40-35J) on its delivery flight as QR3350. #268. #33 in 2019. #3 in May
MSN 249 (QR#42-359) active on the flightline
MSN 290 (EY#1) returned from XFW paint shop #AIB03NI
MSN 311 (CA#10-last on order) initial engine run
MSN 312 (IB#5) maiden test flight #AIB01NK
MSN 316 (SQ#36-Regional) exited the paint hangar

Updates from the April O&D:
- 3x A359s added to Private Jets order book (German Government)
- 1x Aviation Capital Group order transferred back to Asiana Airlines (MSN 234 delivered 4/16/19)
- 1x A359 was contractually delivered to ALAFCO on 4/3/19. No operator identified. I can only assume this MSN 285 earmarked for Hainan Airlines.
 
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Wed May 08, 2019 6:32 pm


Image.Image.A350-1041, MSN 229, reg. A7-ANH, delivered on 07. May 2019 is Qatar Airways#.40 Airbus A350 aircraft; #.8 Airbus A350-1041.

On the Image.(please click on the image below)

….Image

….Qatar Airways8th Image.A350-1041 aircraft; WV02 (MTOW: 316.000 kg / 696.661 lb).(IMG.6); MSN.229, reg. A7-ANH, test reg. F-WZNG, with the cabin configuration C46 Y281 and powered by two Image.Trent XWB-97, three-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines (fan diameter: 2.997,2mm / 118,0 in; BPR: 9,6:1; engine architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC〨1HPT=2IPT–6LPT), OPR: 50,0:1, each rated at 431,48 kN / 44.000 kgf / 97.000 lbf, was delivered to QR on 07. May 2019, flying on the route TLS - DOH (FLT QR3350). The aircraft first flew on 06. Mar 2019.

…..Qatar AirwaysAirbus A350-1041; MSN 229, reg. A7-ANH - delivery flight QR3350 (click on the image)
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Qatar AirwaysAirbus A350-1041, reg. A7-ANH, is the 34th Image.A350 aircraft that left the factory in 2019 and 264th altogether for the 24 different airlines. Of that number, 245 aircraft are of the type A350-941 and 19 of the type A350-1041.

Image.A350 aircraft deliveries - 2014-2016

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Image.A350 aircraft deliveries - 2017

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Image.A350 aircraft deliveries - 2018

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Image.A350 aircraft deliveries - 2019

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A few of the Airbus A350 aircraft, although contractually delivered (31. Dec 2018), have never really left the factory:

…….MSN 246, HX.#.7, reg. B-LGF, test reg. F-WZGR
…….MSN 251, HX.#.8, reg. B-LGG, test reg. F-WWAW
…….MSN 260, HX.#.9, reg. B-LGI, test reg. F-WZNC

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Image.A350 aircraft deliveries - by the airlines

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Currently Qatar Airways, alongside Cathay Pacific, is the only airline that operates both models of the Image.A350 aircraft: the A350-900 and the A350-1000.(please click for a larger view)

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IMG.1 - Qatar AirwaysAirbus A350-1041; MSN 088, reg. A7-ANA, accompanied by a smaller Airbus A350-941; MSN 132, reg. A7-ALY, on its way home

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In the recent issue of the type-certificate data sheet (TCDS) of the Image.A350 aircraft: Image.TCDS.EASA.A.151 Issue 17, it is visible.(IMG.2) that the Image.A350-941 model, besides with the Image.Trent XWB-84, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans, rated at 374,54 kN / 38.192 kgf / 84.200 lbf, has been also certified with the Image.Trent XWB-75, three-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines (fan diameter: 2.997,2mm / 118,0 in; BPR: 9,6:1; engine architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC1HPT=2IPT–6LPT), OPR: 50,0:1, rated at 330,06 kN / 33.657 kgf / 74.200 lbf, but Mod number 113768 has not been connected yet with any of the Weight Variant (WV) in this document -.IMG.3.

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…...IMG.2 - Airbus A350-900 TCDS - Engines

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…...IMG.3 - Airbus A350-900 TCDS - Maximum Certified Weights

On the other side, in the last available Image.A350 aircraft’s factory document - A350. ACAaMP Issue: Nov 01/16 Rev: Jun 01/18, the Weight Variant WV016 (MTOW: 278.000 kg / 612.885 lb) for the Airbus A350-900 aircraft has not been mentioned yet, but the Weight Variant WV017 (MTOW: 210.000 kg / 462.971 lb) has - IMG.4

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IMG.4 - Airbus A350-900 ACaMP - Maximum Certified Weights

… and that is exactly what it could be the Weight VARIANT WV017 (Mod number 113768) missing in the above mentioned document (IMG.3). Please note I added myself the Weight VARIANT WV017 (Mod number 113768) in the IMG.5 (below).

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..…IMG.5 - Possible Mod number code (113768) related to Airbus A350-900 Maximum Certified Weight variant WV017

One of the Japanese main airlines, Japan Airlines, plans to replace their entire fleet of 40.Boeing 777s (23.Boeing 777-200 and 17.Boeing 777-300) with the Image.A350 aircraft. In 2013 the airline placed an order for 18 Airbus A350-900s and 13 Airbus A350-1000s with the options for an additional 25 aircraft. According to the several sources Japan Airlines is the first airline to operate derated Airbus A350-900 frames; WV017 (MTOW: 210.000 kg / 462.971 lb), aimed for those domestic routes, thus allowing aircraft many more flight cycles. It is possible the aircraft, since it will be powered by Image.Trent XWB-75, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans (fan diameter: 2.997,2mm / 118,0 in; BPR: 9,6:1; engine architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC1HPT=2IPT–6LPT), OPR: 50,0:1, rated at 330,06 kN / 33.657 kgf / 74.200 lbf, will be certified as the type Airbus A350-942, rather than the existing Airbus A350-941 that is powered by two Image.Trent XWB-84, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans rated at 374,54 kN / 38.192 kgf / 84.200 lbf.

Leading myself by a comparable analogy, I am thinking out loud that one day we might also see derated, Airbus A350-1042, frames: WV005 (MTOW: 270.000 kg / 595.249 lb) or/and WV007 (MTOW: 260.000 kg / 573.202 lb) (IMG.6), powered, instead of Image.Trent XWB-97, three-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines, rated at 431,48 kN / 44.000 kgf / 97.000 lbf, by two Image.Trent XWB-84, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans (fan diameter: 2.997,2mm / 118,0 in; BPR: 9,6:1; engine architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC1HPT=2IPT–6LPT), OPR: 50,0:1, rated at 374,54 kN / 38.192 kgf / 84.200 lbf.

Unlike the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-75 and the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines that share the same mass of 7.277 kg / 16.043 lb, the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine has a mass of 7.549 kg / 16.643 lb.

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IMG.6 - Airbus A350-1000 ACaMP - Maximum Certified Weights

The Image.Trent XWB-97 is the highest thrust engine ever certified by the factory, the highest operating temperatures and the most advanced cooling systems Rolls-Royce has ever designed in a civil engine. For the engine operators’ point of view there is deliberately very little visible difference, or indeed operating difference, between the models XWB-84 and XWB-97. All the mechanical systems are the same for both engines, so from a basic maintenance point of view, the airlines will find that 80 % of the replacement line items and tools are identical. Physically the engines look the same; in fact you may need to look at the nameplate to tell the difference from the outside. However, inside the Trent XWB-97 engine the changes are notable. The front fan has the same number of the blades (22) with the same diameter of 2.997,2 mm / 118,0 in, but it runs around 6 % faster. The engine core has been scaled up by 5 % in size over the XWB-84 to cope with the consequential increased airflow into the compressor and, in this engine, the combustor and turbines run hotter than in the Trent XWB-84. Another difference in the Trent XWB-97 is the wider use of Ni blisks (bladed disks) across both the HP (st.1-3) and IP compressors. The blisks improve aerodynamic efficiency, whilst having a reduced weight over the conventional assemblies. The first stage IPC blisk of the Trent XWB-97 is the largest that Rolls-Royce has produced to date on a civil application. The innovations don’t stop at the compressor though, the high-pressure turbine gets additional technology too. The XWB-97 engine development programme has also featured the components produced by additive layer manufacturing (ALM) or sometimes commonly known as 3D printing. Rolls-Royce claimed a world record, at that time, for the largest aero-engine component assembly ever manufactured in this way, with a 1,5 m diameter front bearing housing for the XWB-97 engine. The ring of ALM vanes form the inlet to the engine’s core and each vane has an intricate series of heating passages inside them that can be used by an anti-icing system to protect the engine during adverse weather conditions.

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Video above:.(Please scroll down the linked page to see the video file) The Image.A350-1000’s engine - the Image.Trent XWB-97 was successfully flight-tested, mounted on the inner left, No. 2 engine pylon of the Image.A380-841 aircraft; MSN 001, reg. F-WWOW, dedicated A380.Flying-Test-Bed, replacing one of the aircraft’s Image.Trent 970B-84, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans (fan diameter: 2.946,4 mm / 116,0 in; BPR: (7,7-8,5):1; engine architecture: .1F–8IPC=6HPC〨1HPT=1IPT–5LPT), OPR: 39,0:1, rated at 348,31 kN / 35.518 kgf / 78.304 lbf. The flight testing of the 97 klbf thrust engine started on 05. Nov 2015, twelve months before the first flight of the new Airbus A350-1000; MSN 059, test reg. F-WMIL, on 24. Nov 2016. The flight-test program was including the evaluation in the hot weather, as well as in the icing conditions. As well as demonstrating operability and performance, the tests confirmed the engine relight envelope. Subsequent tests was concentrating on maturity tests, including further thermal-endurance and cyclic trials. The specially enhanced Trent XWB engine produces 431,48 kN / 44.000 kgf / 97.000 lbf of thrust on take-off, thus making it the most powerful engine ever developed for an Airbus aircraft. Rolls-Royce has plans to "build in" technologies developed from the Image.Trent XWB-97 testing into the Trent XWB-84.

The Trent XWB-84 EP (Enhanced Performance) goes beyond the original Trent XWB-84’s performance target levels, offering a fuel consumption improvement of 1 %. The Trent XWB-84 EP incorporates technologies from the higher thrust Trent XWB-97 engine, the Advance engine programme and the other future technology research. The first Trent XWB-84 EP delivery will be in Q4 2019 to Singapore Airlines and the upgraded engine will also be offerable to the other existing customers with deliveries after this date.

Technology improvements on the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 EP include:

…….Improved turbine cooling and aerodynamics from the Trent XWB-97 and Advance engine programmes;
…….Improved secondary air system which manages the pressure and temperature environment around the core turbomachinery with careful design of restrictors and interstage sealing throughout the engine from the Trent XWB-97 programme;
…….Further optimisation of the Trent XWB-84 turbine tip clearance control system, based on the recent improvements on the other programmes.

The Image.Trent XWB-84 and the Trent XWB-84 EP are entirely interchangeable and intermixable - any Image.A350-900 aircraft can be powered by a combination of both engines to enable simplicity in service...

The first delivery of Image.A350 aircraft for Japan Airlines is expected to happen in June, with the airline potentially displaying their first aircraft at the Paris Air Show. The first three Airbus A350-942 frames for JL, MSN 321 (JL #1, reg. JA01XJ, test reg. F-WZHF), MSN 333 (JL #2, reg. JA02XJ, test reg. F-WZFX) and MSN 343 (JL #3, reg. JA03XJ, test reg. F-WZGE) are in the different production stages. Their cabins with 369 seats will be of F12 C94 Y263 configuration.

Despite the large growth in the air travel, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. airline has stated firmly that there is no reason for them to select an aircraft bigger than the Airbus A350-1000, ruling out any chance of the Image.777X and Image.A380 anytime soon (or at all), unlike their competitor All Nippon Airways (ANA) which has ordered 3.Image.A380-841s, as a part of a deal when they acquired a failed Japanese low-cost carrier Skymark’s slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, and 20.Image.777-9 aircraft powered by Image.GE9X-105, twin-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines (fan diameter: 3.403,6 mm / 134,0 in; BPR: 10,0:1; engine architecture: 1F+3LPC–11HPC2HPT–6LPT), OPR: 61,0:1, rated at 467,06 kN / 47.627 kgf / 105.000 lbf.

The All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.’s 1st Image.A380-841 aircraft; MSN 262, reg. JA381A (test reg. F-WWSH), with the cabin configuration F8 C56 W73 Y383 and powered by four Image.Trent 970B-84, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans (fan diameter: 2.946,4 mm / 116,0 in; BPR: (7,7-8,5):1; engine architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC1HPT=1IPT–5LPT, OPR: 39,0:1, rated at 348,31 kN / 35.518 kgf / 78.304 lbf, was delivered to ANA on 20. Mar 2019.

An interesting fact: Singapore Airlines, besides having three different cabin configurations on their fleet of Image.A380-841aircraft, also has three different cabin configurations on their fleet of, for the time being 33, Image.A350-941aircraft:

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……IMG.7 – Singapore AirlinesAirbus A350 aircraft by the cabin configurations

Image.Image.A350-900 (Standard) configuration (MTOW: 275.000 kg / 606.272 lb), cabin configuration: C42 W24 Y187, which operates predominantly long-haul flights from Singapore to destinations in Europe, the USA and South Africa. The aircraft is also used on selected flights to Australia, Japan, and some shorter flights to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Hong Kong.

Image.Image.A350-900 Regional configuration (MTOW: 250.000 kg / 551.156 lb), cabin configuration: C40 Y263, which operates short- and medium-haul flights from Singapore across the Asia-Pacific region. The first aircraft was delivered in November 2018, and entered service on 17th December 2018.

Image.Image.A350-900 ULR configuration (MTOW: 280.000 kg / 617.295 lb), cabin configuration: C67 W94, which operates ultra long-haul non-stop flights from Singapore to the USA in a 2-class configuration.

The Image.A350-900 Regional was devised to rival Image.787-10 aircraft launched at Paris Air Show 2013 (MTOW: 560.000 lb / 254.011 kg), powered by two, either Image.Trent 1000-J3, three-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines (fan diameter: 2.844,8 mm / 112,0 in; BPR: 10,0:1; eng. architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC1HPT=1IPT–6LPT), OPR: 50,0:1, rated at 347,54 kN / 35.439 kgf / 78.129 lbf or Image.GEnx-1B74/75/P2 (-1B76/P2), twin-shaft, high-bypass, turbofan engines (fan diameter: 2.821,9 mm / 111,1 in; BPR: (7,9-9,1):1; eng. architecture: 1F+4LPC–10HPC2HPT–7LPT), OPR: 58,1:1, each rated at 341,18 (349,19) kN / 34.791 (35.607) kgf / 76.700 (78.500) lbf.

Singapore Airlines’ aircraft of the type Image.787-10, with the cabin configuration C36 Y301, are powered by two Image.Trent 1000-J3, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans.

In the Airbus SE factory they realized the market for the Image.787-10 is very noticeable and significant, so they wanted to offer the competitive aircraft that would cover that market segment. However, in the Singapore Airlines’ fleet the Image.A350-900 Regional aircraft come as the complement to their medium-haul fleet, with a somewhat smaller seating capacity (C40 Y263) and a little longer range in the comparison with their Boeing 787-10 aircraft.

Some sources say the Singapore AirlinesImage.A350-900 Regional aircraft (MTOW: 250.000 kg / 551.156 lb) are powered by two Image.Trent XWB-75, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans, rated at 330,06 kN / 33.657 kgf / 74.200 lbf. However, from the recent issue of the CAAS Singapore Aircraft Register, as well as from the airline’s website, it is visible that all the versions of SQ’s Image.A350-900 aircraft are powered by two Image.Trent XWB-84, three-shaft, high-bypass turbofans (fan diameter: 2.997,2mm / 118,0 in; BPR: 9,6:1; engine architecture: 1F–8IPC=6HPC1HPT=2IPT–6LPT), OPR: 50,0:1, rated at 374,54 kN / 38.192 kgf / 84.200 lbf. Also, the recent (above linked) issue of the type-certificate data sheet (TCDS) of the Image.A350 aircraft does not connect Image.Trent XWB-75 engine / mod 113768.(IMG.2) nor with one of the two Weight Variants (WV005 and WV012), and which include MTOW of 250.00 kg / 551.156 lb.(IMG.3). And when I thought I have nothing more to add to my little research, I have received two e-mails from the airline, and which confirm that all Singapore AirlinesAirbus A350-900 aircraft are fitted with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines …

Mario
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