31 March 2015

No orders in 1st Quarter of 2015 for A350 XWB.

A350 XWB family has not received new orders in the first 3 months of 2015.

Source: Florent Peraudeau

Last new order was for 25 A350-900 in Nov/2014 from Delta.

Current backlog is 780 aircraft.

Meanwhile, A330neo has received in March/2015 an order for 25 aircraft from ALC lease company.

The A330neo has common type rating with A350 and A330 and 95% of spares commonality with A330.

Source: Airbus

Boeing has 7 net orders for 787 in Q1/2015 (including 3 787-10 ordered by Japanese ANA some days ago) and 7 net orders for 777 (5 from Korean and 2 from unidentified customers).

For Q2/2015, with Paris Air Show in mid-June, news about the A350-800 model are expected (currently with 16 orders backlog) as well as some orders announcement during the air show.

30 March 2015

Figeac Aero delivers the first A350 floor to Spirit Aerosystem tier1.

Figeac Aero proceded some weeks ago in Montoir-de-Bretagne near Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) with the delivery of the first floor of A350.

Figeac Aero is tier2 in this workpackage of Spirit Aerosystem that is the tier1 of Airbus Saint-Nazaire.

The floor is a 7.5 metres long structure made of titanium. Components have been manufactured in Figeac and  its Tunisian subsidiary.

Although the manufacturing site currently employs 22 staff, Figeac Aero CEO Jean-Claude Maillard plans 80 jobs when the ramp-up is achieved and the construction within 3 years of a site with 5.000 m2.

The investment is valued at EUR 5 million. "Creating close subsidiaries of our customers is one of our strategic axes", mentions the CEO.

Jean-Claude Maillard reaffirms its intention to win workload from other clients in Loire-Atlantique region as  Stelia Aerospace (previously Aerolia) and Airbus.

Based on the article “Figeac Aero livre son premier plancher d'A350 à Montoir-de-Bretagne” published in L`Usine Nouvelle

29 March 2015

A350 XWB will be at Paris Air Show in June

Paris air show's managing director Gilles Fournier has confirmed that the Airbus A350 will fly.

Source: Jorge Guardia

The Paris air show will take place on 15 to 21 June. The 51st Paris air show is slated to host more than 2,200 exhibitors this year and 285 official delegations.

The show organizers are still in the process of firming up the aircraft that will be on display.

Two years ago the A350 1st flight prototype made a flight appear only some days after the First Flight.

For 2015 a static display and a flight display is expected.

And probably we could see one of the first customer´s A350 painted in Qatar Airways and / or Vietnam Airlines.

Regarding the Paris Air Show, on 2015 there will be no US military aircraft flying-display and it is not confirmed yet the Bombardier C-Series show debut.

Based on the article “No US military aircraft in Paris flying display” published in FlightGlobal

28 March 2015

Cathay A350, scheduled for Feb/2016, will fly Hong Kong-Auckland route.

Cathay Pacific plans to fly the A350 from Hong Kong to Auckland later next year.

Source: Manuel Belleli

The airline has finalized the interior configuration for the Airbus A350 XWB and an executive said the new planes were on course to fly to this country with a much bigger business-class cabin than aircraft now used on the route.

Cathay's general manager product Toby Smith said the airline was expecting the first of the new planes next February.

Typically they would spend a few months flying shorter routes in the region to familiarise crew with it then on to longer-haul deployment.

"That is subject to change for any number of reasons but I think it's fair to say with the A340 currently on the New Zealand route being gradually phased out it's very likely that it will be deployed pretty quickly on the Auckland route," he said.

Smith said Cathay next year was expecting delivery of 12 of A350 (out of 22 A350-900 ordered and additional 26 A350-1000).

Source: Victor Pody

The A350 would have 38 business-class seats compared to 26 in the A340, 28 premium-economy seats (no change) and 214 in economy (3 more).

"The big increase is in the business-class cabin. We have a lot of confidence in the premium market."

The aircraft is wifi capable and Smith said the airline would run trials to ensure systems are robust.

"We want to make sure it is similar to what they get at the office or at home. We'll be conducting trials before rolling it out."

Based on the article “Cathay Pacific eyeing premium market” published in The New Zealand Herald.

27 March 2015

Qatar's 3rd A350 MSN9 first flight.

Qatar Airways 3rd A350-900 has done it's maiden flight today departing from Toulouse.

The MSN9 aircraft performed the RTO yesterday Thursday 26/March. 

And today it has done a long first flight over Atlantic coast of France for around 7 hours.

Delivery to Qatar is targeted to end-April.

All pictures Source: based on A380_TLS_A350

26 March 2015

TAM begins preparing A350 certification for EIS in Jan/2016.

The first A350 XWB in the Americas is planned to be received by TAM Linhas Aéreas in December this year.

Source: Airbus

From 2012, the company is preparing for the Entry Into Service of this innovative aircraft in its fleet, including the formation of a multidisciplinary team dedicated solely to this project.

In March, in an important step of the process, TAM initiated the certification process jointly with the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac).

The ANAC will review and validate documents, procedures, and practical exercises related to the operation of the A350 XWB on TAM.

The Agency will certify the ability of TAM operating the A350-900 XWB securely.

The aircraft will operate commercial flights from January/2016.

Based on the article "TAM inicia processo de certificação operacional do primeiro A350 XWB" published in

25 March 2015

Airline 1 concept welcomed by A350 customers.

When the A350-900 entered commercial service on 15/Jan/2015 with Qatar Airways, it did so with an unprecedented maturity level thanks to the multi-functional, collaborative platform called Airline 1.

Launched on the A350’s June/2013 maiden flight, Airbus’ Airline 1 mirrored airline-like operations and maintenance for each of the 5 A350 flight test aircraft – incorporating all documentation and tools used by actual airlines, with the objective of reducing technical issues that typically surface after entry-to-service.

At the heart of Airline 1 is the Maintenance Control Centre (MCC), which followed all flight test aircraft in real time, performing actual aircraft data capture.

Source: Airbus

In a flowing process, the next steps are planned while the preceding steps are still being implemented – securing all maintenance activities in due time.

Among the elements tested by Airline 1 are: technical documentation that is provided to airlines, various maintenance tools, the e-Ops interface between aircraft/airline ground facilities to manage flight operations/maintenance activities, and communications with the associated ground tools.

This time-saving test method and its rapid set-up has been recognised by the top management of Airbus customers – who are enthusiastic about the concept, considering it a major change and a key enabler to secure their aircraft's route to maturity.

Due to its success, Airline 1 has continued to function after the A350-900 service entry by being connected with the customer airline tracking system AIRTAC.

Based on the press release “Airline 1: supporting a smooth A350 XWB commercial service entry”