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Airbus A350-1000 debuts at Singapore Airshow 18

The extended-fuselage Airbus A350-1000 passenger jet variant debuted today at the Singapore Airshow, being held from Feb 6-11 at Changi International Airport.

The flight test aircraft MSN065, on a three-week 12 destination demon…



The extended-fuselage Airbus A350-1000 passenger jet variant debuted today at the Singapore Airshow, being held from Feb 6-11 at Changi International Airport.

The flight test aircraft MSN065, on a three-week 12 destination demonstration tour to the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region, will be on static display from 6 to 8 February at the airshow, as part of its several day demonstration stops in Singapore.

With the A350-1000 certified in November 2017 by European and U.S. airworthiness authorities, Airbus is readying to deliver the first A350-1000 to launch operator Qatar Airways in the coming weeks.

The demo tour will see the aircraft travel over 30,000 nautical miles / 55,500 kilometres, with stops in Doha, Muscat, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Hanoi, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Manila.

Cockpit consists six very large liquid crystal display (LCD) screens and side stick controls

The aircraft is one of the three Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft and is equipped with a fully functional cabin (40 business class, 36 economy plus class and 219 comfort economy class seats).

The A350-1000’s seven-metre-longer fuselage translates into greater capacity, accommodating 366 passengers in standard 3-class configuration. This is 40+ more seats than the A350-900, responding to market needs for larger cabin zones with premium-type seats. Both aircraft has the same 8000 nm (14816 km) range.

The primary difference between the A350-900 and A350-1000 versions are the engines.

The 97,000 lb thrust Rolls Royce Trent XWB-97 engine, which will exclusively power the -1000, builds on the success of the 84,000 lb thrust version of the Trent XWB which recently celebrated reaching one million flying hours on the -900.


While there is very little visible or operational difference between the two Trent XWB engines, the higher thrust version employs a range of advanced technologies to produce extra thrust and optimum aircraft performance.


The front fan has the same number of blades and is the same diameter, at 118 inches, but will run around six per cent faster. The engine core has been scaled up in size to cope with the consequential increased airflow into the compressor and the combustor and turbines will both run at higher temperatures.

To date 11 customers from five continents have ordered a total of 169 A350-1000s. Combined bookings for both the A350-1000 and A350-900 stood at 858 from 45 customers as of 31 October.

The A350-900 first entered airline service in January 2015; today more than 142 of these jetliners have been delivered to operators around the world.