Airbus today unveiled the A350 XWB’s development cabin interior installed on board flight-test aircraft ‘MSN002’ at the Airbus site in Hamburg.
MSN002 made its first flight on 26th February 2014 and is the first of two test aircraft fitted with a passenger interior as part of the A350 XWB development fleet. Intensive cabin flight and ground tests have already been performed during a two-week stay of the aircraft in Hamburg in mid-March 2014. The cabins of all Airbus aircraft are developed by the engineering and research teams based there. Airbus say “The new interior demonstrates how the aircraft’s “eXtra-wide” fuselage will soon offer passengers even more personal space, flexibility and comfort in business and economy classes, and especially, a wide 18” seat in 9-abreast economy.”
Of course airline customers may demand a 10-abreast economy deemed the “high-efficiency” layout, and at least one airline has done so. Let us hope that most airlines go with the preferred 9-abreast option.
Potentially cramped accomodation in economy aside, the business class cabin looks positively lovely, and the aircraft’s near-vertical sidewalls will add eXtra spaciousness to the cabin and the large overhead stowage bins are designed to match growing hand-luggage volume requirements.