2019 Is One of the Best Years For Airbus A350 XWB Check Out the Airbus A350 XWB History Timeline From 2004-2019


You can agree with me that Airbus A350 XWB is the latest gift of Airbus to the commercial Aviation sector which is highly appreciated by most passengers. You can check up Qatar Airways Airbus A350 review from Doha to Frankfurt Here.

This is the first aircraft designed by Airbus that have both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon fiber reinforced polymer. You might not be wrong if you say that the birth of Boeing 787 called in Airbus A350 into the scene. Now Many see this beautiful Aircraft as a direct response to the 787 and I don’t doubt that either.

The mid-sized twin-engine wide-body airliner which comes in 3 variants, A350-800, A350-900, and A350-1000. A350-900 Variants is becoming an increasingly common sight at airports around the globe. The A350-900 is the cornerstone of the Airbus company if you look at most of the international airports.

in a normal airliner’s standard class, accommodates between 300 and 350 passengers in a standard three-class configuration and its state-of-the-art comfort and amenities ensure that everyone on board enjoys a pleasant flight.

Airbus A350 XWB History Timeline From 2004- 2019

16 September 2004

Airbus president and CEO Noël Forgeard announced the consideration of a new project during a very crucial and private meeting with prospective customers such as Qatar Airways. However, Forgeard never gave out the name of this new projector at least mention if it was going to be a whole new project or modification of an existing project i.e. Airbus A330.

Believe me that those in that Meeting room guessed it was all about the modification of an existing project. Most Airlines in that room were dissatisfied and Airbus has to do something out of the box.

The dissatisfaction pushed Airbus to commit €4 billion to a new airliner design. the new design incorporated new wings and horizontal stabilizers, as well as new composite materials and manufacturing methodology. Indeed, Airbus was bringing in a form of technology to the show taking everybody concerned, unawares.

10 December 2004

Airbus received an “authorization to offer” (ATO) and formally named it the A350 from its shareholders which were EADS and BAE Systems.

13 June 2005

Qatar Airways surprisingly placed 60 orders of Airbus A350 at the Paris Airshow. Although in September 2006, the airline signed a memorandum of understanding with General Electric to launch the GEnx-1A-72 engine for the aircraft

 6 October 2005

Everything is coming out clear, Airbus A350 has a striking resemblance with Airbus A330 as the industrial launch was announced, the new design was for a twin-engine wide-body jet capable of seating 250 to 300 passengers in a fuselage which was still very similar to that of the A330.

Although the Wings and engines were to be redesigned the construction would still be aluminium-lithium (Al-Li) as opposed to the carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) used on the Boeing 787.

On this A350 chart, Airbus is to offer two well-balanced versions of Airbus A350 which are:

  • The A350-800 would be capable of flying 8,800 nm (16,300 km) with a typical passenger load of 253 in a 3-class configuration.
  • The A350-900 would be capable of flying 7,500 nm (13,900 km) with a typical passenger load of 300 in a 3-class configuration. With all these, it clearly shows that Airbus is very ready to meet up with the competition not just with Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but also match up to Boeing 777-200 ER

28 March 2006

This is the moment or let’s say period Airbus A350 began to face criticisms from top organizations such as International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), As the president of ILFC urged Airbus to just move on with a clean sheet instead of coming up with this modification. He pointed out that the design is about to lose to Boeing 787.

Other top customers like CEO of Singapore Airlines (SIA), believed that Airbus should have gone the whole hog and designed a new fuselage instead of going through the trouble of designing a new wing, tail, cockpit.

But I don’t think Airbus was discouraged because they wanted the A350 to meet many demands of their customers and to establish a long-term Market. let’s see what happens next in July 2006.

14 July 2006:

Singapore unexpectedly joined the Queue alongside with Qatar Airways at the Farnborough Airshow because The proposed A350 was a totally new design, including a  clean wider fuselage cross-section, allowing seating arrangements ranging from an eight-abreast low-density premium economy layout to a ten-abreast high-density seating configuration for a maximum seating capacity of 440–475 depending on variant. Indeed, Airbus was commended for their great effort.

September 2006:

Qatar Airways Went Further and signed a memorandum of understanding with General Electric to launch the GEnx-1A-72 engine for the aircraft

01 December 2006

The board of directors approved the industrial launch of the A350-800, -900, and -1000 variants but the financial challenges with A380 made the things difficult for our dear Airbus A350.

At this point, the launching was delayed. But the board came up with a solution to fund the project with cash flow and they received the go-ahead of the first delivery in mid-2013.

the first A350 800 XWB in 2014 and the A350 1000 XWB in 2015. The New technical details of the A350 XWB was made public at a press conference in December 2006.

4 January 2007

Pegasus Aviation Finance Company joined the Queue, and place two firm order of Airbus A350 XWB. (This is the third airline company to place orders)

However, the change to the design of the A350 XWB caused an extra two years to be added to the development program. As a result, the estimated development costs doubled from EUR5.5 Billion to almost EUR10 Billion!

Airbus emphasized that the first delivery dates would remain unchanged; however, first flights would be delayed, and the testing program would be reduced from 15 months to 12 months this only affected only the A350-900.

June 2007

Airbus’s then chief operating officer John Leahy indicated that the A350 XWB would not feature the GEnx engine, saying that Airbus wanted GE to offer a more efficient version for the airliner. Since then, the largest GE engines operators, which include Emirates, US Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, and ILFC have selected the Trent XWB for their A350 orders

September 2007

Airbus suggested that Boeing using composite materials on 787 was very premature and that the new A350 XWB Will feature large carbon fibre panels for the main fuselage skin only to use the same composite materials they criticized Boeing for using, after facing criticism for maintenance costs.


At the beginning of 2018, a total of 91 A350s had been delivered to a constantly growing customer base that already comprises 17 airlines including our valued clients, Iberia (who received their first A350 in June this year), British Airways (Delivery scheduled for 2019)  and Japan Airlines that just received its first order this June 2019, out of the Tokyo-based 31 orders of A350 XWB.


In January 2008

Thales Group secured a US$2.9 billion (€2 billion) 20-year contract to supply avionics and navigation equipment for the A350 XWB, beating Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.

Thales Group is a French-based Avionics company. Although Rockwell Collins and Moog Inc. were later chosen to supply the horizontal stabilizer actuator and primary flight control actuation, respectively. The two companies were Us-Based.

A lot of events played along in 2008 after this such as;

  • Construction of 10 new factories in Western Europe and the US, with extensions, carried out on 3 further sites because they want to introduce new techniques and procedures.

December 2009

Airbus manufactured the first structural component although Production of the first fuselage barrel began in late 2010 at its production plant in Illescas, Spain

4 February 2010

Airbus signed a contract with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to deliver in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems for the Airbus A350 XWB. Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world leader in state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems. This was signed at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France

12 November 2010

Airbus announced that there will be a delay on the delivery date which will now shift from mid-2013 to late 2013 due to complicated challenges the company was facing at the manufacturing phase.

29 December 2011

Having able to conquer the manufacturing challenges, the company received the first A350 fuselage at the final assembly plant in Toulouse.

5 April 2012- December 2012

By April 2012, Airbus began the assembly of the first prototype and by December, the prototype A350 was completed.so by now, all concerned were waiting for the first maiden flight test and you can imagine the kind of spectators this event will draw from all parts of the world.

However, according to the company estimates to the public, the production rate was expected to rise from three aircraft per month in early 2015 to five at the end of 2015 and would ramp to ten aircraft per month by 2018 so if that works out, Around 90 deliveries are expected in 2018. the production of the A330 was not left out as Airbus continues to produce about 6 of it monthly.

2 June 2013

Trent XWB engines were powered up on the A350 for the first time even though when the engine has not gotten clarification which was later achieved in late 2011. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines on the A350-1000 produce 97,000 lbs of thrust

14 June 2013

Here comes the first maiden flight test of A350 At Toulouse-Blagnac airfield with thousands of spectators and Airbus employees looking on, Behold the A350 XWB made its maiden flight. The chief flight test pilot made an amazing comment after the flight test, he said: “it just seemed really happy in the air…all the things we were testing had no major issues at all.”

This was a four-hour flight reaching Mach .8 at 25,000 feet after retracting the landing gear and starting a 2,500-h flight test campaign which was conducted by a team of six wearing orange jumpsuits and parachutes flying over the Pyrenees Mountains. The flight test was conducted three days before the Paris Airshow to be held on June 17, 2013. You can say that this was perfect timing.

Now after the flight test Airbus was very ready to match against Boeing 787 Dreamliner as the by this time, the order book had increased to 616 within a short space. This order includes 50 orders from Singapore Airlines and Orders from Qatar Airways.

29 July 2013

A practical commercial flight of 5 hours was conducted on the ground in Hamburg.  About 129 passengers, 2 pilots, and 8 cabin crew took part in carrying out the plans, deplaning and normal in-flight activities as part of early testing of the human factors of flight.

22 December 2014

Qatar Airways in 22nd Dec 2014.launched the first Airbus A350 and took delivery of their first Airbus A350.

15 January 2015

The first commercial flight was made on 15 January 2015 between Doha and Frankfurt.it was a six-hour flight, departing at 2:00 AM arriving at 6:55 AM. What most fans love about A350 is its ambient lighting which can be adjusted over the course of a flight to help the passengers’ circadian rhythms adjust to time changes. But also means that the crew can bathe the whole cabin in a deep reddish-purple hue.

25 September 2015

Airbus began the construction of the first A350-1000.  The forward fuselage section built by Premium AEROTEC in Germany will be delivered to Airbus in Saint-Nazaire.

10 Dec 2015

Qatar Airbus A350-900 at New York rejected take-off. The Aircraft was accelerating for take-off from JFK’s runway 22R when the crew rejected take-off, instructed the flight attendants on stations and advised ATC that no assistance was needed but they needed “a second” to figure out what happened.

5 February 2016

A Vietnam Airlines Airbus A350-900, registration VN-A887 performing flight VN-227 from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) with 137 passengers and 7 crew, was en-route about 40 minutes into the flight when the cabin pressure was lost. The passenger oxygen masks were automatically released, and the crew initiated an emergency descent. The aircraft had to return to Hanoi for a safe landing.

9 February 2016

Airbus A350-900, registration F-WXWB performing a demonstration flight AIB-8WB from Chateauroux to Limoges (France), landed on Limoges’ runway 21 and stowed safely. While turning around at the turn pad at the threshold runway 03 the nose gear went off the paved surface of the runway disabling the aircraft.

March 7, 2016

TAM Airbus A350-900 at Manaus suffered bird strike as the flight was immediately cancelled and was meant to resume service the next day.

24 November 2016

The latest and stretched version of Airbus A350, i.e. Airbus A350 -1000 was assembled and was taken to the skies from Toulouse Le Blagnac airfield. The test flight lasted just over four hours and begins the giant A350’s rigorous certification program.

January 2017

This is 2 years the A350 was introduced, 62 aircraft were in service with 10 airlines. Within the space of two years, they had accumulated 25,000 flights over 154,000 hours with average daily utilization of 12.5 hours and transported six million passengers with a 98.7 per cent operational reliability.

Something very interesting also began to happen this period and this is the decrease in flight test from 12- 4 in 2014, with an average delay down to 25 days from 68. Its reliability drastically increased from 97.2 per cent in 2015, 98.3 per cent in 2016, and 98.8 per cent in June 2017, just behind its 99 per cent target for 2017.

24 April 2017

Asiana Airlines of South Korea became the 12th Airline to operate the Newest and most efficient twin-engine widebody airliner. The Airline has just taken it delivery out of its 30 orders of A350 XWB which was placed in 2008.

Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three-class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin. The Airline will deploy the aircraft on premier long-haul routes to Europe and the US, beginning with services from Seoul to London and San Francisco.

June 2017

A350 is already 30 months in operation having Qatar Airways as the Largest Operator of A350 with 17 of the aircraft in its fleet. Cathay Pacific followed suit 13 Aircraft alongside with Singapore Airlines.

26 July 2017

 The A350 XWB Programme is flying high with 100 deliveries overallThe A350 XWB Programme is flying high with 100 deliveries overall. Airbus Marked this Milestone as China Airlines received its seventh A350 XWB today, the carrier took possession of the 100th jetliner delivered from this newest family in Airbus’ industry-leading widebody product line.

Meanwhile at this point, received half of its 14 A350-900s on order, China Airlines is indeed benefitting from the A350 XWB’s maturity and flexibility on both regional and long-haul services – including the Taipei-San Francisco route. The A350-900 cost $118,790 (-11.4%) and has the seat mile cost at $0.0536 (+1.9%).

01 September 2017

Hong-Kong Airlines becomes the 15th Airline to operate Airbus A350-900. Altogether Hong Kong Airlines will acquire 21 Airbus A350 XWB, including 15 purchased directly from Airbus and six on lease from third party lessors.

Hong Kong Airlines configured its A350-900 with a premium three-class layout with a total of 334 seats, comprising 33 in Business Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 108 in the new cabin class “Economy Comfort” and 193 in Economy Class.

September 30, 2017

LATAM announced that two of its non-stop flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil will be operated in the most comfortable and technologically advanced aircraft in its fleet, the Airbus A350 XWB.

The innovative airliners will begin their departures from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on September 30, 2017, and from Orlando’s International Airport, on November 15, 2017

21 November 2017

Airbus A350-1000 receives EASA and FAA Type Certification after an intensive flight test campaign performed in less than a year. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. Airbus delivered 78 A350s in 2017 and plans to increase the production rate to 10 per month in 2018

22 September 2018

Airbus delivered the First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB delivered to Singapore Airlines. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB can fly further in commercial service than any other aircraft, with a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles, or over 20 hours non-stop.

11 October 2018

Singapore Airlines (SIA)Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched the world’s longest commercial flight, between Singapore and New York. The first new non-stop flight between Singapore and New York left Changi International Airport on 11 October 2018 at 2337hrs (SIN time) and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport a day later, at 0529hrs (US Eastern time). The flight duration was 17 hours 52 minutes.


19 March 2019

STARLUX Airlines orders 17 A350 XWB aircraft for long-haul services which comprise 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s.

The new Taiwanese airline plans to deploy these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within the Asia-Pacific region.

24 May 2019

Catha Pacific
Cathay A350-900 MSN9

Cathay A350-900 MSN9 reg.B-LRJ suffered an engine-issue when flying from Hong Kong to Melbourne and was diverted to Darwin where it landed uneventfully.


8 June 2019

British Airways First Airbus A350-1000 Rolls Out of The Paint shop. The Aircraft was Gloriously adorned in its familiar British Airways Union Jack colours. The plane is earmarked to fly between London and Madrid starting in August.

13 June 2019

Japan Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350 at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first aircraft produced by Airbus for JAL.

Meanwhile, JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s. JAL will initially operate the A350-900 on high-frequency domestic routes, while the larger A350-1000 will fly on the carrier’s long-haul international network.

Currently, Airbus has recorded a total of 821 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 44 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Finally, from a general view, air travel has so much become a common occurrence that we all certain times really forget to make the most of our time on air exceptional but the introduction of Airbus A350-XWB family which utterly combines the latest technology with advanced passenger comfort features.

The Airbus A350-XWB family gives the classic and reliable opportunity to rediscover the thrill of flying it is undoubted fact that you can’t fly with Airbus A350-XWB series without commending the Airbus Aircraft Company for the quality designation of a perfect environment created on air in which to enjoy flying to any long-haul destination with a cabin which is widely recommended and ranked as one of the quietest cabins on a twin-aisle aircraft.

Check Out List of  Airbus A350XWB Deliveries

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