Farnborough: Airbus provides details of new A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB) family of long-range twinjets

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Airbus has today unveiled its revamp of its A350 aircraft offering, detailing a new wider A350 XWB aircraft family to enter service from the middle of 2012.

The A350 XWB will comprise three aircraft:  A 314-seater, the A350-900, to enter service mid-2012, a 270-seat version, -800 to enter service in early 2013 and the 350-seat -1000 to enter service in the first quarter of 2014

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 Airbus unveiled an early hint at the new aircraft's identity today at the Farnborough air show, with this billboard ad

In addition the family will comprise an A350-900L for ultra long-range aircraft and an A350-900 freighter.

Airbus is seeking to offer two engine manufacturers for the aircraft family and has already secured agreements with Rolls-Royce to provide powerplants for all three A350 types.

Speaking during a media briefing during the Farnborough air show, chief operating officer John Leahy said: “It’s a totally new design, with new cabin, new wings, new systems and new engines.”

More details to follow.