With only a handful of airline carriers offering direct flights to some of the further destinations across the globe, travelers’ itineraries are filled with long layovers and multiple connecting flights. Trips that should require only 13 hours of travel actually take a whole day because of stops made along the way, either to refuel or switch aircrafts. Frequent flyers might soon see more options for direct flights to faraway destinations like Shanghai or Dubai with the introduction of the Airbus A350 XWB to the aviation industry. The revolutionary design of this new jetliner makes traveling long distances possible without stopping, saving valuable time that could be devoted to exploring and experiencing new cultures in exotic countries.
Originally conceived in 2004, the A350 model is currently in production with the leading aircraft manufacturer constructing more than 700 planes ordered by 40 customers around the globe. The engineers behind this incredible aircraft recognize the rising cost of fuel, address existing concerns about the environment, and live up to the high standards of the modern day traveler.
While the economy has witnessed decreases in gas prices, the cost of fuel for an aircraft continues to rise. The Airbus A350 XWB is constructed with carbon fiber material instead of aluminum, making the aircraft much lighter and capable of flying farther distances without the need of more fuel. The signature wing tips cut through the air more efficiently and the mechanical apparatuses that are normally in aircrafts have been replaced with a fully electrical three-axis control system, which enhances flight safety and reduces the pilot’s workload.
When crafting the design of the Airbus A350 XWB, the engineers developed ways to meet environmental standards. The Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, which have the lowest carbon emissions of any wide body power plants, and the Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic fuselage increase the eco-friendliness of this aircraft model. The Automatic Noise Abatement Departure Procedure helps make the aircraft much quieter by optimizing the thrust and flight path to reduce noise in crowded areas. Also, the LED lighting reduces the overall weight and energy consumption of the A350. The incorporation of innovative aerodynamic technology in the A350 model provides for 25-percent lower fuel consumption than its competitors.
Other features incorporated into the design of the latest Airbus model are intended to deliver a more relaxing and peaceful flight to the modern day traveler. Passengers on-board the A350 will notice the extra wide 220-inch cabins and the roomier overhead storage trunks that account for two pieces of carryon luggage per passenger. The A350 offers two types of cabins, business and economy. Those traveling businesses will feel more at ease in the cozier seats that recline into a fully flat 73.5-inch bed. While the 3-3-3-seat configuration in the economy cabin might seem clustered, the extra wide 18-inch seats give passengers more room to relax.
Also, taller customers will not have to cross their fingers or pay extra for the aisle seats to avoid being crushed by entertainment boxes. These systems are now hidden under the floorboard, clearing up the room under the seats. Each seat is equipped with a fourth generation entertainment system, with individual seat monitors, offering in-flight television, movies, and games. The wider windows, near vertical walls, and leveled flooring create a sense of spaciousness in the aircraft. With enough seats for 300 passengers, the Airbus A350 XWB is reshaping the future of travel by offering more options for long distance flights.