For right now it’s all good news surrounding the plane, as the first wing for the A350 just arrived over in France at the Airbus facility. It won’t see any time up in the air, but the wing is ready for structural tests and other examinations. As you can imagine, it’s a little more complicated than simply just bouncing up and down on the end of the wing.
In total, this new wing is like 105 feet long—give or take an inch or two. All the fancy-pants materials and technology stuffed into this wing should eventually save plenty of jet fuel. As of now, Airbus is claiming that this version of the A350 might just save up to around 25% of its fuel, and that’s something the sales team is eager to share with airline industry suits.
Though you won’t be able to head up into the sky on the A350 XWB anytime soon, trust that'll it'll make more headlines starting, oh...a year from now.