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Going the Xtra distance: Continuous innovation for the A350-900

April 20, 2016 Aviation No Comments Email Email

The A350-900 version of Airbus’ A350 XWB jetliner will be able to fly even farther from 2020, thanks to increased fuel efficiency and an optional increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW).

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Contributing to the longer range are aerodynamic enhancements by Airbus and engine improvements to the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB powerplant, which together reduce A350-900 fuel consumption by two per cent. Combining this with the higher takeoff weight option of 280 metric tonnes enables the A350-900 to cover a distance of 8,100 nautical miles with a typical full passenger load – 500 nautical miles farther than at the jetliner’s entry-into-service in 2015.

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