Inside new Airbus A350-1000

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Konstantin Sheiko
March 22, 2018

There is one thing for sure - aircraft makers have started listening to passenger complaints. The things we hate about planes are changing, and there is no aircraft where this statement is more valid than the brand new Airbus A350-1000. In fact, the plane is not even officially out yet. Qatar Airways unleashed its sleek new plane (A350-1000), designed with customer comfort in mind and with premium airplane upgrades this weekend. 

The new aircraft boasts millions of ambient anti-jet lag LED lights, hospital-grade air filters, and the lowest cabin altitude in an airplane on the market. Cabin altitude is what scientists identify as attributing to jet lag symptoms – feeling of fatigue and shortness of breath – at 6,500 feet. For example, try flying from the UK to Australia in January, using the economy class seating. A huge temperature drop between European winter and Australian summer will exacerbate the pervasive feeling of your jetlag. The combined effect is enough to disrupt any holiday plan. 

But the A35-1000 maintains an altitude of only 6,000 feet, making sure that your jetlag is not as bad as it usually gets. The plane also claims the quietest twin-aisle cabin, larger overhead bins, higher ceilings and window seats where every seat has a window. Planes typically make people claustrophobic. Perhaps that is because the walls curve in on you. This new Airbus is designed with “vertical side walls” to allow more space for all passengers. It may only be inches, but these days they certainly count. 

And these perks are just in the economy – business class is treated to even swankier digs with the Qsuite seats, which offer the first-ever in-flight double beds for those on long-haul flights who want to recline and take a snooze. 

The aircraft also boasts some revolutionary technical perks – for example, its wings can move during flight. The plane has been designed to adapt to the number of passengers on the plane, maximizing its efficiency at all stages. These maneuvers impose a lot of structural stress on the plane’s frames and were impossible with old planes primarily made from aluminum - not the most reliable material. 

But new generation planes such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 are made from stronger composite materials, and in this case of A350-1000 there is lots of titanium. New Rolls Royce XWB engines with an incredible amount of 97,000 pounds of thrust power the plane. 

According to Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, “Qatar Airways always demands the very best for its customers, so it is right that we are the first airline in the world to fly the Airbus A350-1000”. “This remarkable state-of-the-art aircraft will become a firm part of Qatar Airways fleet and will keep us ahead of the curve, allowing us to continue to offer our passengers outstanding levels of comfort and service,” he added.

The passenger-focused flight is not just about customer comfort though. Fabrice Brégier of Airbus said the new carrier is fiscally practical, as well. “It is a huge pride for us to deliver the very first A350-1000 to our launch customer Qatar Airways. Bringing major advantages in fuel and cost efficiency along with unmatched passenger comfort, the A350-1000 is the ideal aircraft to showcase Qatar Airways' legendary customer service.” 

Airbus says the A350-1000 will be 25 percent cheaper to operate than the older competing Boeing 777-300ER. Not only that, the new plane consumes 25% less fuel and emits 25% less emissions than previous generations of planes. The Airbus A350-1000 can fly up to 8,000 Nautical Miles - more than enough to overtake the current longest flight in the world, which stands at 7,842 Nautical Miles. So far the companies that have expressed their interest to acquire A350-1000 include Air Caribbean, Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, FrenchBee, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Qatar, and Virgin Atlantic.

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