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Airbus poised to reveal details of A350 XWB catalogue

Airbus intends to reveal more detailed information about its Airbus A350 XWB catalogue following an airline customer event next month, the airframer tells ATI.

"The development of the A350 XWB customer catalogue is at a mature stage but of course under constant review with customers and the extended enterprise partners. It is designed to also incorporate future innovations," says an Airbus spokesman.

"After our next A350 XWB customer event mid of April we will provide more detailed information on the catalogue and its content."

Airbus has already begun announcing partnerships with various in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and interiors suppliers to the A350.

The airframer's joint venture with SITA, the in-flight connectivity service provider known as OnAir, was recently selected to be linefit offerable on the aircraft.

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.

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