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22nd February 2018, Stamford, CT

Airbus delivers first Qatar A350-1000

Hexcel is a major supplier of advanced materials for the A350 XWB programme. © Hexcel/AirbusHexcel, a leader in advanced composites technologies, has congratulated Airbus on delivering the first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways earlier this week, following successful FAA and EASA Type Certification on 21 November.

Hexcel is a major supplier of advanced materials for the A350 XWB programme, and composite materials make a significant contribution to the weight savings, performance and fuel efficiency of both aircraft in the family, the A350-900 and the A350-1000.

This stretched version of the aircraft is seven meters longer than the A350-900, carries an additional 40 seats, and offers similar comfort and efficiency. Both versions are powered by latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Hexcel’s HexPly M21E/IMA carbon fibre/epoxy prepreg is used to manufacture all composite primary structures of the aircraft, including the fuselage panels, keel beam, wing and empennage. The lower wing cover is the biggest single civil aviation part ever made from carbon fibre and spans 32 meters long.

A further advancement is the introduction of CFRP in other structural components, such as the pylon upper spar and door surround. For the first time on an Airbus aircraft, Hexcel’s HexMC carbon fibre/epoxy moulding compound has also been used for the A350-1000 fuselage crutches.

Hexcel Corporation develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibres, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defence, and industrial applications such as wind turbine blades.

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