Airbus is proud to announce its newest installment, the A350WXB. Powered by two humungous, Rolls-Royce-produced Trent XWB engines and boasting a sleek, new interior, Airbus is looking to mix up the airplane game. Those who have had the opportunity to travel on the A350WXB claim the engines are virtually silent from inside the cabin. This, it is said, is the Airbus’s most exciting new feature.
The flight from Hong Kong to Singapore was only available to a select, lucky few, and all were employees of Airbus. The flight was considered a “proving route” or what most people would associate with a world tour. Airbus engineers were on hand as the flight is considered the last test needed before commercial flight can become available sometime in December of this year.
Flight number AIB 206 is only one of two out of the five current new models to have a full cabin for its trans-South China Sea flight. The plane’s business class holds 42 passengers with seats situated four abreast. In the plane’s two economy cabins, seats were laid out in rows of nine. Airbus hopes that future customers will elect to fly on the A350WXB over Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner, which is seen as the plane’s direct competition.
Roland Naudy, the Aircraft Interiors Marketing Manager, explained, as reported by CNN, “With fiber optics, we’ve integrated the cables for the in-flight entertainment system, moved the control boxes to a panel under the seat and flooring and been able to make the floor flat.” In addition, seat-back displays are expected to reach 10.6 inches and will come with plug-in power ports if the passenger would rather utilize their own smartphone or tablet. These are just a few of the improvements that Airbus has made to give customers a more pleasurable experience.
The planes will also be pressurized at 6,000 feet instead of the industry standard 8,000. This, Airbus claims, will help reduce the amount of jet lag placed on its passengers. The new plane has eliminated the curved wall from business class window seats, so those who enjoy a nice view will no longer have to suffer from a crick in their neck when trying to sleep. Engineers have also improved the plane’s fuel efficiency by building the plane out of 53 percent composite material. All in all, it seems that Airbus may very well be setting the new standard for airline travel.
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