Airbus A350-900

The A350 up close

Airbus A350-900

  • TEXT NORBERT ANDRUP
  • ILLUSTRATIONS NORBERT ANDRUP

Bigger, more comfortable and more economical: We take a detailed look at this technologically advanced plane.

The dash 900 is the basic version of the A350. Airbus is currently testing a longer version, the dash 1000.

The dash 900 is the basic version of the A350. Airbus is currently testing a longer version, the dash 1000.

The 21 seats in Premium Economy Class were newly designed in 2014, and are also installed in the Airbus A380.

The 21 seats in Premium Economy Class were newly designed in 2014, and are also installed in the Airbus A380.

Business Class is equipped with 48 “full flat” or 36 regular seats, depending on the season. The seats are arranged at an angle and are wider and more comfortable. They also feature a larger in-seat screen.

Business Class is equipped with 48 “full flat” or 36 regular seats, depending on the season. The seats are arranged at an angle and are wider and more comfortable. They also feature a larger in-seat screen.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan jet engines were specifically developed for the Airbus A350 and are currently the world’s most modern jet engine. As might be expected from such a famous manufacturer, the A350’s powerful engines have a thrust of 374.5 kilonewtons – and are also extremely quiet.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofan jet engines were specifically developed for the Airbus A350 and are currently the world’s most modern jet engine. As might be expected from such a famous manufacturer, the A350’s powerful engines have a thrust of 374.5 kilonewtons – and are also extremely quiet.

The wings and fuselage of the A350 are largely made of an innovative composite material that is very tough but lightweight and guaranteed to save fuel.

The wings and fuselage of the A350 are largely made of an innovative composite material that is very tough but lightweight and guaranteed to save fuel.

The new Economy Class features an innovative color scheme, with seats deep blue by the windows and lighter in color toward the middle of the rows. Also, the in-seat screens are bigger than before, and the seats weigh less.

The new Economy Class features an innovative color scheme, with seats deep blue by the windows and lighter in color toward the middle of the rows. Also, the in-seat screens are bigger than before, and the seats weigh less.

The broadband antenna beneath a domed cover on the aircraft’s outer skin picks up signals, among others for FlyNet, the Lufthana on-board Internet service.

The broadband antenna beneath a domed cover on the aircraft’s outer skin picks up signals, among others for FlyNet, the Lufthana on-board Internet service.

Just like the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380 and A340-600 models, the new A350 has a camera at the front edge of the fin to help pilots maneuver. It can also be selected on passengers’ in-seat screens.

Just like the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380 and A340-600 models, the new A350 has a camera at the front edge of the fin to help pilots maneuver. It can also be selected on passengers’ in-seat screens.

In contrast to the other aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet, which are white on the top with a medium-gray underbelly, the A350 arrives from the factory with the entire wing painted pale gray.

In contrast to the other aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet, which are white on the top with a medium-gray underbelly, the A350 arrives from the factory with the entire wing painted pale gray.

The Lufthansa A350 aircraft all have registration numbers beginning with D-AIX. The first one is D-AIXA, the second is D-AIXB, and so on.

The Lufthansa A350 aircraft all have registration numbers beginning with D-AIX. The first one is D-AIXA, the second is D-AIXB, and so on.