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Hexcel has congratulated Airbus on the first flight of the A350 XWB that began with a take-off from Toulouse, France with perfect landing a few hours later.
The A350 XWB is the first Airbus aircraft with a structure that is over 50% advanced-composite materials, making a huge contribution to the weight-saving, performance and fuel-efficiency of the aircraft. Hexcel is a major supplier of advanced materials for the composite structures on the aircraft.
“Speaking for the entire Hexcel organisation, I congratulate Airbus and its team of dedicated employees on their achievement today,” said Dave Berges, Hexcel Chairman and CEO. “We are proud to be a partner-supplier to Airbus and its many component manufacturers and to have Hexcel advanced materials incorporated into almost every structural part of the A350 XWB.
“Our HexPly M21E/IMA carbon-fibre/epoxy prepreg is used to manufacture the fuselage panels, keel beam, wing (covers, spars and centre wing-box), and the empennage (tail, horizontal stabiliser and rudder). The A350 XWB lower wing cover is the biggest single civil-aviation part ever made from carbon fibre, measuring 32m long. This has truly been an international effort involving Hexcel, Airbus and component-supplier employees worldwide, including those in Hexcel facilities in France, Germany, Spain, the UK and USA.”
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