Airbus has now announced the latest milestone in A350 deliveries: the 500th A350 aircraft will be delivered by the end of September 2022. The Airbus A350 family of aircraft has now been delivered to 39 airlines, flying more than 900 routes worldwide.
The A350-900 was recently delivered to Iberia, which has ordered 20 A350s, 14 of which are already in operation, Airbus said. The A350 family of aircraft now includes the A350-900, A350-1000 and the new A350F freighter.
According to Airbus, the A350 offers better performance compared to its predecessor, with 25 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 and a 50 percent lower noise footprint.
In addition, the delivery of the 500th A350 marks the unveiling of a new production standard for 2022. This standard brings additional performance and cabin improvements to the A350-900 and A350-1000.
The new production standard offers a weight reduction of up to 1.2 tons compared to the previous standard. Maximum takeoff weight has also been increased by 3 tons, along with an increase in payload. The increased cabin space of the new standard allows airlines to add more than 30 seats to a typical three-stage cabin layout.