First A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines in final assembly, 30 September 2014 (Image © F. Lancelot / Master Films / Airbus S.A.S.)

Vietnam Airlines A350 XWB in final assembly

First A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines in final assembly, 30 September 2014 (Image © F. Lancelot / Master Films / Airbus S.A.S.)
First A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines in final assembly, 30 September 2014 (Image © F. Lancelot / Master Films / Airbus S.A.S.)

Final assembly of the first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines has begun at the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France, manufacturer Airbus confirmed on 30 September.

Scheduled for delivery in mid-2015, the aircraft will see Vietnam Airlines become the first Asian airline to fly the A350 XWB and the second operator in the world of the all-new, fuel-efficient widebody.

Vietnam Airlines has a total of 10 A350 XWB on order. The aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s premium long range services.

The five A350 test aircraft currently flying have accumulated some 2600 flight hours in over 600 flights, with entry into service planned for Q4 2014. The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. To date, the A350 XWB has already won 750 firm orders from 39 customers worldwide.

Source: Airbus