Airbus poised to reveal details of A350 XWB catalogue

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Airbus also intends to make Panasonic Avionics' IFEC solutions - including its Ku-band satellite-based eXConnect system - line-fit offerable on the A350, once Panasonic shows it meets the airframer's architectural requirements for the widebody twinjet.

In the interiors space, Airbus has signed a contract with Recaro with the intention of offering the aircraft seat manufacturer's lightweight Comfort Line CL3620 economy class seats on the A350. A version of the seat is already installed on Qantas' Airbus A380s.

"Not only Recaro, but also B/E Aerospace, Weber Aircraft and EADS Sogerma are contracted suppliers to provide seats for the Airbus A350 XWB," says the Airbus spokesman.

Once the A350 catalogue is defined, airline customers will be required to select economy class seating from the catalogue.

"The economy seating is following the catalogue offer. First class and business class configurations can be outside of the catalogue offer, but have to come from Airbus contracted suppliers," he says.