Airbus has delivered the front fuselage for the first flyable A350 XWB to the final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse in France.
The first flying Airbus A350 XWB is being given the manufacturer’s serial number 1.
Its 21-meter-long front-fuselage section, delivered in mid-July, is already equipped with its systems.
Airbus flew the A350 XWB forward-fuselage section in from the company’s manufacturing site in Saint-Nazaire (a coastal city in the Pays de la Loire region of western France), on board an Airbus A300-600ST Beluga transport aircraft.
The A350 XWB front fuselage section will be mounted in the giant assembly jig so it will be ready to be joined with the center- and aft-fuselage sections over the summer.
Before they arrive at the FAL in Toulouse, the large front-, center- and aft-fuselage aircraft sections (as well as the wings) are equipped and pre-assembled at Airbus sites in the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany.
All these major sections are transported to the FAL by the Beluga aircraft.