French Airline, Air France took the delivery of first of 28 A330-900 XWB aircraft at Toulouse in France. The airline will deploy these aircraft for their trans-Atlantic as well as Asian routes. The aircraft delivered to Air France offers 324 seats in a three class configuration comprising 34 business class, 24 premium economy and 266 economy seats. It is one of the most modern twin aisle aircraft with fuselage and wings made from carbon fibre. This results in a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and attendant reduction in CO2 emissions as well as cost savings. The aircraft is also capable of flying with a fuel which is a blend of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) and synthetic and natural bio-fuels. Airbus has informed that they have 913 firm orders for the aircraft from 51 customers.
The newest member of the Airbus family has a fuselage made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) which makes the aircraft much lighter than the existing aircraft allowing for lower fuel burn. The material also makes the aircraft resistant to corrosion and thus reduces maintenance expenses. Thus helping reduce operating costs by up to 25%.
The airbus A350-900 is 66.80 m long, 17.05 m high, its fuselage is 5.96 m wide while it has a wingspan of 64.75m. The cabin is 51.04 m long and 5.61m wide. The Airbus A350 is powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines. These engines generate 50,000 HP each. The 141,000 litres of fuel that the aircraft carries, along with the advanced fuel efficient technologies of the Trent XWB engine allows it a range of 15,000 km. The high ranges are achieved through a reconfigurable fuel system and does not need installation of extra fuel tanks. The engines generate enough thrust for the aircraft to take off with a maximum load of 280 Tonnes.
The Airspace cabin design developed by Airbus offers wider and more comfortable seats and a silent cabin which offers the passengers a comfortable ride across the skies. Bigger windows allow a better view of the world from 35000 feet while the straight sidewalls allow better interior space. The latest in-flight entertainment allows passengers to access movies on demand. High-bandwidth fibre optics inside the aircraft let passengers enjoy high-definition video on screens of up to 13 inches in Economy class. Wi-Fi technology and mobile phone connectivity offered in the aircraft allow the passengers to stay-up-to-date with the world below, whether it’s for social media, replying to important business emails or something else.