Everything you need to know about the Airbus A350

Ten years after the Airbus A350 made its first flight, Mark Broadbent considers the type’s first decade as well as its future

Since A380 production ended in 2021, the A350 has been Airbus’ de facto flagship. There were 530 examples of the long-haul airliner in service with 40 different operators by May 2023 and the type has completed more than 900,000 revenue flights since entering service.

Airbus has an order backlog of over 430 jets and is developing new ultra-long-range and freighter variants. Currently in operation on more than 1,000 commercial air routes, the aircraft will be in the backbone of airline flying for years to come.


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