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There’s one thing for sure. Aircraft makers have listened to passenger complaints. The things you hate about planes are changing, and there’s no aircraft where that’s more true than the Airbus A350-1000. We were live at the delivery of the very first brand spanking new jet to Qatar Airways, and we’ve got a few fascinating facts from the day, which are as cool now as they were then.

The Inside Walls Aren’t Curved

Planes typically make people claustrophobic. Perhaps that’s because the walls curve in on you. Creepy, indeed. This new Airbus is designed with “vertical side walls” to allow more space to all passengers. It may only be inches, but these days they certainly count, particularly in economy!

25% Less Fuel, C02 Emissions…

Just like the rest of us, airlines love saving on gas money. The new plane consumes 25% less fuel and emits 25% less emissions than previous generations of planes. Expect airlines to tote their planet savings strides, while also maybe dropping fares. It’s good news for everyone.

The Wings Flap, Like A Bird…

Haha, ok – this isn’t totally true. But the wings do move during flight. The plane has been designed to adapt to the amount of passengers on the plane, maximizing it’s efficiency at all stages. You won’t see anything resembling a bird, but the wings really do move. Not just the flaps, either!

53% Composite, 14% Titanium…

Old planes were primarily made with aluminum, which as you may know – is not the most reliable. It’s also really heavy, which reduced fuel efficiency, which made plans less sustainable. But fortunately, new generation planes such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 are made from stronger new composite materials, and in this case of this A350-1000 also lots of titanium.

Quietest Of Them All

Boeing may have something to say about this, but Airbus has claimed that this magnificent new A350 plane is the quietest of them all. Airbus has specifically claimed that this aircraft is the quietest two aisle plane on the planet, which means you’ll hear less engine noise and can enjoy your movie selection without rattle or hum.

1600 Hours +2500 Hours Of Testing…

For anyone with a fear of flying, know this: the Airbus A350 has gone through more than 1600 hours of flight testing on this version alone, and that’s before any passenger even set foot in it! The previous A350-900 was tested for more than 2500 hours before a single passenger set foot on it. 1600 hours is 66 entire 24 hour days of flying.

11 Airlines Who’ll Fly It…

Quite a few airlines have their hands on the Airbus A350-900, but there are already early buyers for this state of the art new plane. Qatar Airways will receive it’s very first today, but you’ll soon find it on (in alphabetical order): Air Caribbean, Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Etihad, FrenchBee, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Qatar and Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways receive their new A350’s next month…

97,000 Kilo-Pounds Of Thrust…

The new Rolls Royce XWB engines offer an incredible amount of thrust. We don’t quite know how to compare 97,000 pounds of thrust to most other things – but we’re told it’s ridiculously powerful. It’s something like 1,000 times more powerful than a Formula One car.

Ideal Air Pressure…

Know that dry, scratchy feeling you get from most planes? This new generation airplane was made specifically with this in mind. Thanks to the stronger new materials, the plane is able to take a more comfortable air pressure – leaving passengers feeling far more like they’re back on the ground. You’ll notice a difference, trust us.

Longest Flight In The World…

It doesn’t presently hold the record, but it could. The Airbus A350-1000 can fly up to 8,000 Nautical Miles, which is more than enough to overtake the current longest flight in the world. That flight is 7,842 Nautical Miles, just for reference.

Will you try out this new plane? With which airline?

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