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Hexcel congratulates Airbus on delivering the first A350-1000 aircraft to Qatar Airways, following successful FAA and EASA Type Certification in November.
Hexcel is a major supplier of composite materials for the A350 XWB programme, which make a significant contribution to the weight savings, performance and fuel efficiency of both aircraft in the family, the A350-900 and the A350-1000. This stretched version of the aircraft is 7 m longer than the A350-900 and carries an additional 40 seats. Both versions are powered by latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
Hexcel’s HexPly M21E/IMA carbon fibre/epoxy prepreg is used to manufacture all composite primary structures of the aircraft, including the fuselage panels, keel beam, wing and empennage. The lower wing cover is the biggest single civil aviation part ever made from carbon fibre, Hexcel reports, at 32 m long. A further advancement is the introduction of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) in other structural components such as the pylon upper spar and door surround. For the first time on an Airbus aircraft, Hexcel’s HexMC carbon fibre/epoxy moulding compound has also been used for the A350-1000 fuselage crutches.
“I send my congratulations to Airbus on delivering the first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways,” states Nick Stanage, Hexcel Chairman, CEO and President. “Hexcel is proud to be a partner-supplier to Airbus and to have Hexcel carbon fibre and composite materials incorporated into so many structural parts in the A350 XWB family.”
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