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Originally posted by FredT
However a German magazine reported that an unspecified issue with section 19 of the fueslage. Airbus denies any problems and says the "issue was fixed"
Airbus A380 super jumbo hit by new problems on fuselage
Airbus says A380 fuselage fault long since resolved
Singapore Airlines orders Airbus planes
The code name XWB stands for extra-wide body and underlines the jet's wider cabin. Other modifications include the use of the A380 superjumbo's cockpit, a new engine, a revamped cabin with the largest-ever windows and increased use of composite materials in the wings and fuselage.
In answer to higher fuel costs, Airbus also said the XWB would be 30% more fuel efficient than current aircraft and 6% more efficient than its initial model.
British engine maker Rolls-Royce (RR.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said it had reached a preliminary agreement with Airbus (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) to build a new variant in its Trent engine series for the A350 XWB, a long-range set of three planes announced on Monday.
"As a result of positive discussions with Airbus, we have concluded a preliminary framework agreement to make a new member of the Trent family available on the A350 XWB," Mike Terrett, president of civil aerospace at Rolls, said in a statement.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Looks like you're in luck Fred. You don't have to start eating.
Originally posted by Nacnud
I thought Finair was the first to commit to the A350 XWB and that Emerates had converted their options for A380F into A380 passenger versions instead, as well as ordering extra B747-8F.