First A350 XWB wing lower cover delivered

The wing lower cover.
The wing lower cover.

The wing lower cover was produced at Airbus’ Centre of Excellence for composite materials in Illescas, Spain, and is approximately 32 m long and 6 m wide.

The wing cover will be fitted into the A350 XWB wing in Broughton, UK, which will then transported to Bremen, Germany, where the movable parts will be fitted. The sub-assembly will eventually go to A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France, where it will be joined to the fuselage.

The Airbus factory in Illescas, Spain, specialises in the automation of production processes of large composite airborne surfaces and fuselage sections. The factory also manufactures the skin of the rear section of the A350 XWB fuselage (a one-piece composite barrel section) as well as the tail planes, elevators and rudders for all Airbus models and fuselage sections and door components for the landing gear of the A380.

The A350 XWB family consists of three passenger versions offering 270-350 seats. To date, 35 customers have ordered 567 A350 XWBs. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2013.