France-based aircraft builder Airbus has brought the A350-1000 variant of the A350 XWB (extra wide body) family to the Philippines as the last stop of A350 XWB demonstration tour in the Asia-Pacific.
Among those who participated in the demonstration today were representatives from Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Before coming to Philippines, the A350-1000 aircraft conducted a demonstration in Japan.
“In a typical three-class cabin configuration, the A350-900 version in service today seats 325 passengers while the A350-1000, the largest member of the A350 XWB family, will accommodate 366 passengers. Both aircraft offer the same true long-range capability of 8,000 nm,” Airbus said.
“The primary difference between the A350-900 and A350-1000 versions are the engines: the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 powerplant has played an important role in the -900’s fuel savings and dispatch reliability, as well as lower noise levels; and the Trent XWB-97 – also produced by Rolls-Royce – will offer the same for Airbus’ A350-1000,” it added.
Airbus said Philippine Airlines ordered six units of A350-900 variant with delivery expected to start within this year.
Sources: https://twitter.com/Airbus/status/963993868394889217; https://twitter.com/Airbus/status/963750240271716352; http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/news/en/2018/02/airbus–growing-a350-xwb-family-makes-its-mark.html