Now flying: The Airbus A350, the world’s newest jetliner

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It’s official: Airbus’ brand-new A350 widebody jet has become the newest aircraft to fly paying airline passengers. Qatar Airways Flight 67 went into the record books Thursday as the first revenue flight to be flown on the A350, departing the airline’s hub in Doha at 7:49 a.m. and landing in Frankfurt at 12:28 p.m., all […]

Five Things to Know About The Airbus A350

Airbus A350

Airbus has delivered the first of its A350 long-range jetliners to Qatar Airways. The new family of jets, the largest twin-engine planes in the Airbus stable, seat on average 315 in the first A350-900 version and 369 passengers in the larger A350-1000. Airbus designed the jets to compete with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 777 long-distance […]

Competition from Boeing forced Airbus to rethink wide-body jets

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Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, which received its first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. Boeing was knocking on his door with a “ superefficient” jet boasting 30 percent fuel savings, thanks to a carbon-composite design. In Toulouse, some Airbus engineers, riding high after overtaking Boeing […]

The Inside Story of The New Airbus A350 Jet

Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new Airbus A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. Boeing was knocking on his door with a “super-efficient” jet boasting 30 percent fuel savings thanks to a carbon-composite design. In Toulouse, some Airbus engineers, riding high after overtaking Boeing […]