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

Qatar A350 XWB wing tips

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 […]

How Airplanes Are Made

Airbus A350 Airframe

Building a commercial airplane is a monumental task. It takes around 4,000 really smart engineers over 7 years of planning to make one of those flying tubes with countless experts testing and re-testing each individual part (and there are 2.65 million parts in an Airbus a350). This video shows you how they make one. More… […]

Boeing and Airbus Battle For Dominance

Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

Boeing and Airbus News Qatar Airways will receive the newest plane from Airbus, the A350 airliner, this coming Saturday, the first delivery in an 80-plane order. The Gulf carrier will be the first airline to receive Airbus’ new wide-body long-haul jet, which is built with a carbon composite fuselage and wingtips, making it a direct […]

First Airbus A350s to be delivered

Qatar Airbus A350-900 XWB

The first of the Airbus A350-900s, the aerospace company’s most advanced passenger jet to date, will be in the hands of Qatar Airways by Dec. 15 and ready to take flight. Kinston’s Spirit AeroSystems facility manufactures the A350’s composite center fuselage and wing spars. On Nov. 18, Dubai-based Gulf News reported Qatar Airways CEO Akbar […]

Next-gen Airliners: Who’s Flying A380s and 787s, and Where

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

 It shouldn’t just be planespotters who get excited about new airliners – agents and operators should too, because they are good selling points. New additions to an airline’s fleet generally mean state-of-the-art entertainment systems, more comfortable seating, bar and lounge areas for the lucky few in the premium cabins and, in some cases, Wi-Fi […]