Important tests loom for the new composite-fuselage approach that Airbus has embraced for the A350XWB wide-body transport, with the aim of optimizing design and manufacturing processes. Moreover, the company is progressing with the allocation of major structural work packages for the aircraft, despite setbacks related to EADS’s failure to unload assembly sites in France and Germany to risk-sharing partners. Last week, Airbus announced an agreement with Spirit AeroSystems to build Section ...

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