Manufacturing of the 1st A350 for Thai Airways International (THAI) is advancing well, with major components progressing towards the start of final assembly in October/2015.
The delivery of the MSN44, the 1st A350 to THAI, is scheduled in mid-2016.
THAI will acquire a total of 12 A350, with 4 on direct order and 8 on lease from ALAFCO and CIT Aerospace.
Thai Airways also has another 4 of the aircraft on option.
The airline will be able to operate these aircraft on long-haul services to Europe and in Asia.
The ‘forward fuselage’ was manufactured and assembled by Premium Aerotec in Augsburg, Germany, and delivered to Airbus in Hamburg, Germany for equipping (including brackets, tubes, pipes, systems).
This section will then be flown from Hamburg to Saint-Nazaire, France, where the ‘nose fuselage’ section is already for assembly & equipping after been manufactured by Stelia Aerospace.
These 2 sections (‘nose fuselage’ and ‘forward fuselage’) will be joined up to form the front fuselage, which will subsequently be shipped from Saint-Nazaire to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse.
All pictures. Source: Airbus
Based on the press release “Manufacturing of THAI’s first A350 XWB well underway”