Rolls out Third Airbus A350 with Carbon LiveryJanuary 2, 2012 Toulouse, France Airbus rolled-out its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft (msn 002) from the paint shop in Toulouse.
A350 XWB is the new type is expected to enter service in the fourth quarter of this year.
And the third A350 XWB has a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials on this plane, also the first of two A350 flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior.
Airbus have develop 30 years of composite material experience, Airbus already applying composite material on the A310, which was first rolled-out in February 1982. Airbus have seen a step-by-step for develop the best composite material which will be used on A350 XWB, 53% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) including Airbus’ first carbon-fiber fuselage.
Photo by Airbus/P. Pigeyre