Development of the larger A350-1000 is “more than halfway through”, A350 program manager Didier Evrard said, with the first aircraft due to enter final assembly at the beginning of 2016.
Several major components for the jet are already being manufactured, including wing covers, the centre wing-box, the main landing-gear and carbon-fibre components for the doors.
Source: Maew Spotter
In 2nd half of 2015 the subassembly of large work-packages will progress in order to start the final assembly in Toulouse in 1Q/2016 with the first flight scheduled after the summer in 2016.
“This aircraft benefits a lot from the -900,” says Evrard, adding that Airbus has been able to implement a “right-first-time” approach for the -1000.
Based on the article “Twelve customer A350s in final assembly” published in Flight Global.