Meticulous detail goes into manufacturing an airliner and there is no less attention to tiny details when it comes to delivering the finished product, as Martyn Cartledge discovered when joining the handover of Thai Airways’ fifth A350 XWB.

Aircraft HS-THF performing a goaround as part of its initial test flights on June 22, 2017.
Benoit Machefert

Airbus delivered 688 new aircraft to its customers in 2016 – nearly two for every day of the year.

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