Airbus A350

June 18, 2013 - 8:40am
John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer

Following the first flight on June 14 of the Airbus A350 XWB, AIN had an opportunity to interview John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers, about the historic event.

What can you say about today’s flight?

June 18, 2013 - 2:10am
rolls-royce trent 700

Rolls-Royce (R-R) is developing continuous improvements for mature Trent engines, with new technology flowing from later models into established variants, according to program director John Hogarth. Since the original Trent–the Series700–entered service on a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 in 1985, successive variants have been introduced to constitute a “tailored family” enjoying common architecture, but with each model dedicated to specific airframes.

June 18, 2013 - 12:50am
Constellium

Aluminum specialist Constellium’s new foundry in Issoire, France, is up and running–a key step in a strategy aimed at regaining some of the ground lost to composite materials in aircraft construction. The casting house focuses on a new family of alloys, dubbed Airware, which are lighter than the previous generation made of aluminum-lithium.

June 17, 2013 - 11:35am

Airbus began the 2,500-hour flight-test program for the A350 XWB when the new long-range widebody took off for the first time at almost exactly 10 a.m. local time in Toulouse, France, on Friday. The eagerly awaited first flight over southwestern France lasted slightly more than four hours and the twinjet, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, touched down safely back in Toulouse at 2:05 p.m.

June 17, 2013 - 5:45am
Smac’s engineers create new elastomer formulas every month.

Smac Aero, a Toulon, France-based company specializing in elastomers for soundproofing and vibration dampening, is here at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2B Stand C140-158) exhibiting Smacpreg, a combination of pre-impregnated (prepreg) carbon fibers with a layer of rubber. As CEO Philippe Robert emphasized during a visit to the company’s development and production facilities, the new product is suited to fiber placement robots.

June 17, 2013 - 5:30am
Since earlier this year GE Aviation has been delivering A350 wing fixed trailing-edge components that include structural composite panels and complex machined assemblies. The company said the work package means that, as a risk-sharing partner, it has “proved our capabilities and created a secure foundation to build on.”

GE Aviation, best known for its civil and military jet engines and integrated aircraft systems, plans to establish itself as a Tier 1 aerostructures supplier by the second half of the next decade. Ultimately, the company has a long-term vision to develop integrated propulsion systems (IPS) for future single-aisle airliners and regional aircraft, bringing together GE Aviation’s aerostructures capabilities in advanced wing and flying-control surface design with its turboprop engine and propeller activities in other divisions.

June 17, 2013 - 4:45am
Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus has introduced a central configuration software tool for the A350 XWB program that promises to make cabin layout and cabin configuration more efficient, thanks to software engineering specialist PACE.

June 17, 2013 - 1:00am
With the Trent 1000 Package C upgrade, Rolls-Royce aims to offer 76,000 pounds of thrust “with margin” to meet Boeing 787-9 power requirements and provide increased performance for the 787-10X.

Rolls-Royce says that by August it expects to have demonstrated a new high-pressure turbine (HPT) destined for its Trent 1000-Ten engine, which is being offered to power the prospective Boeing 787-10. Assembly of the first full development engine is scheduled before year-end.

June 17, 2013 - 12:20am

Parker Aerospace (Hall 5 C220) has added the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine powering the Airbus A350 XWB-1000 to its portfolio of R-R applications. The U.S. manufacturer estimates business worth up to $2.2 billion will be generated during the life of the program. Parker will supply a suite of pneumatic valves, a bearing and gearbox oil pump and the hydraulic engine build-up system comprising tubes hoses and hardware required to transfer power between the aircraft and engines.

June 17, 2013 - 12:10am
Following manufacture of 12 development Trent XWBs, Rolls-Royce had built at least six preproduction units for the Airbus A350 by the beginning of June.

Orders from Singapore Airlines covering up to 50 additional Rolls-Royce (R-R) Trent XWB-engined A350-900s boosted Airbus as it made final preparations late last month [May] for the new airliner’s first flight. The Asian carrier has booked 30 examples and taken options on 20 more (convertible to larger A350-1000s), boosting the total number of A350-900s it has ordered to 70.

 
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