Certification of the A350 XWB
Following fifteen months of tests and over 2,500 flight hours, the A350 XWB, Airbus' new long-range jetliner, is ready to go into service. In fact, the first plane will be in service before the end of the year, operated by Qatar Airways. With 750 orders to date, the success of this new wide-body jet is partly due to the technical expertise and work of Safran's teams. From cockpit to the tail
As a strategic partner to Airbus, Safran was extensively involved in the European manufacturer's latest aircraft: four of the Group's companies supplied key equipment for the plane.
Airbus' new twin-engine jetliner uses landing-gear systems made by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran). The system incorporates cutting-edge materials such as titanium and corrosion-resistant steel. It also uses wheels and carbon brakes developed by the company.
As regards the plane's avionics, Sagem (Safran) provided the on-board information system (data acquisition and security), including the control system. The real technological leap in this system was the hybrid friction throttle control actuator.
Labinal Power Systems (Safran) designed and produced the wiring interconnection systems for the whole fuselage, the engine pylons and the tail fin.
Finally, in partnership with Rolls Royce, Hispano-Suiza (Safran) worked on the power-transmission design, production and support for the Trent XWB engine.