Airbus aerostructures partner Premium Aerotec has successfully put together the first forward fuselage for the A350 XWB at Nordenham in Germany.
The all-composite fuselage for the first Airbus A350 XWB is 13 meters (42 feet 7.8 inches) long and comprises four panels and the floor grid.
Structural assembly work will continue over the coming weeks before the forward-fuselage assembly is transported by boat to Airbus’ Hamburg site for systems installation.
On September 27, Airbus’ St. Nazaire facility received the first A350 XWB nose and front-fuselage section from supplier Aerolia, which had constructed the section at its facility in Méaulte, France.
The Airbus A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower front-fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landing gear bay.
Eventually the nose and forward-fuselage sections will be mated at the Airbus A350 XWB final-assembly line in Toulouse.