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Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

At the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, we had the opportunity to tour the interior of a brand-new Airbus A350-900 aircraft operated by ITA Airlines. Check out the article for additional pictures and amazing aircraft.

Have you ever wondered how it feels to fly the most modern aero planes, which are also the safest and quietest? Try it once and you will notice the difference.  Yes, we’re talking about the Airbus A350. It is one of the most sophisticated aero planes ever manufactured by Airbus, with several characteristics that distinguish it from other aircraft.

Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

Let’s take a look at some of the most cutting-edge technologies in the Airbus A350. As we all know, Airbus is always innovating and pursuing new generations of technology in the aviation industry.  Because it was designed using the same technology and platform as the A380, the A350 has seen a surge in demand since the latter’s manufacturing ceased.

Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

The Airspace Explorer is being featured on board this flight by Airbus in order to promote new cabin technologies in the A350 aircraft. This comprises, among other things, new seat designs, entertainment systems, and technology. Furthermore, the IPad connects all of the technology systems, allowing the team to simply make modifications.

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  • Newest Airbus A350-900 operator, ITA

The national carrier of Italy is Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A., doing business as ITA Airways. The Italian government, through the Ministry of Economy and Finance, is the sole owner. Over 41 scheduled domestic, European, and a few international routes are served by the airline (to be expanded). The international airline association SkyTeam includes ITA Airways.

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ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has taken delivery of its first A350, becoming the 40th operator of the type. The aircraft, which is on lease from ALAFCO, landed for the first time in Italy at Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International Airport on Wednesday evening.

ITA Airways’ A350 cabin is configured in a two-class layout, with 334 seats comprising 33 full lie-flat bed Business and 301 Economy seats.

ITA Airways’ A350 will start operations early June 2022 to serve the new intercontinental routes that the company will open in the summer season from Rome Fiumicino to Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

At the recent Farnborough Airshow, we had the privilege of viewing the A350. We had a chance to observe this aircraft’s exceptional quality firsthand. Let’s examine this plane more closely. The A350 Family consists of the A350-900 and the A350-1000, the latter of which has a longer fuselage.

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A350s are capable of flying on any sector, from short-haul to ultra-long-haul flights of up to 9,700nm, transporting 300-410 people in three-class configurations and up to 480 passengers in single-class configurations.

Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

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The A350‘s sophisticated cabin technology ensures good air quality by replenishing the air every two to three minutes and adjusting temperature and humidity accurately. Passengers may rest easy knowing that Airbus will get them to their destination feeling refreshed and at ease.

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Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

This aero plane has various unique features, like :

  • 25% reduction in fuel use and CO2 emissions**
  • Advanced materials make up more than 70% of the airframe.
  • Aerodynamics and cutting-edge technology are included.
  • The Trent XWB engines from Rolls-Royce are the most fuel-efficient big engines currently in use.
  • True long-range leader with a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles.
  • Quietest in its class, with a 50% decrease in noise footprint*.
  • Seating ranges from 300 to 410 people in three classes, all with large panoramic windows.
  • With on-board WiFi, the latest generation of in-flight entertainment is available.

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In December 2021, the Italian carrier firmed up an order for 28 Airbus, including 18 Single Aisle (seven A220s, 11 A320neos) and 10 A330neos, the latest version of the most popular A330 widebody airliner. Moreover, ITA Airways already leased more than 50 additional new generation Airbus aircraft, six of which are A350s, to complement their fleet modernisation.

Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

Do you know that you may alter the color of the window screen on the A350? It features a 3rd generation electronic window that is well connected to the system and can be dimmed and brightened centrally.

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Its seats and tray are almost magical since they are covered with an antimicrobial coating. This sort of coating kills bacteria and is self-cleaning. Every seat on this aero plane has been connected with sensors that collect data on seat comforts so that Airbus may analyze the data and improve future aircraft designs to make them more pleasant for passengers.

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The Airbus A350’s clean-sheet design features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, fuselage and wings made of advanced materials, plus the most fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce
Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency and sustainability for ITA Airways, with a 25% reduction in fuel-burn and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation aircraft.

Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

Another fantastic feature of this plane. The crew will be notified if passengers fail to fasten their seatbelts and maintain an upright seating position. Such passengers might be requested by the staff for further steps to be taken.

Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

All of the instruments in the galley are connected to the aircraft’s digital network, including the oven, coffee machines, and water heater. They were able to obtain all of the maintenance information. They can determine if the instrument needs to be serviced or replaced based on the power consumption and work patterns.

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Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

It also shows how many goods are in the galley, so cabin crew members can readily estimate and locate them.

The First Class seats provide a fantastic ambience. Video projections inside the cabin are a novel innovation that provides passengers with an even more spectacular cabin experience. This will assist them in being more calm and comfortable.

Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

This A350 demonstration has all of the amenities that its clients need. They may select from a variety of technologies and choose which ones are best for their needs.

One of the Airbus employees demonstrated some of the unusual displays that would be used in future designs. It is extremely tiny and can be stowed in airplane seats, as well as providing more room for other card holders.

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Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

On this aircraft, we noticed another feature from the Business or First Class seats: they may order simply by pressing buttons, and the personnel would be alerted.

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Tour of an Airbus A350-900 at the Farnborough Airport in 2022

We would like to express our gratitude to Airbus crew for providing us access to the aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow. Please share your thoughts on the A350 aircraft in the comments section below.

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Leonardo Unveils AW249 Next Generation Helicopter Makes International Debut

Leonardo Unveils AW249 Next Generation Helicopter Makes International Debut

The Italian Army has unveiled the new AW249 Fenice attack helicopter, declaring it a cornerstone of its transformation efforts, during its public debut at the prestigious Eurosatory defense show.

The AW249 is designed to meet the demanding needs of modern warfare, featuring a complete open architecture that allows for significant future growth and system adaptability. This flexibility ensures the helicopter can respond to evolving market requirements and remain at the forefront of military technology.

Features complete open architecture for future growth

Engineered for high performance, the AW249 boasts impressive speed, range, power margin, and payload capabilities. It excels in challenging Hot & High conditions and offers unparalleled manoeuvrability for nap-of-the-earth flight, allowing it to operate effectively in diverse and rugged terrains.

One of the helicopter’s key strengths is its ability to integrate fully and interoperate seamlessly within the modern multi-domain battlefield, encompassing air, land, sea, space, and cyber operations.

The AW249 features an advanced large area display human-machine interface, equipped with touch screen and gesture recognition devices within its tandem-seating cockpit. This sophisticated setup is complemented by a highly advanced Leonardo-developed Battle Management System.

The helicopter’s displays and modern pilot helmets provide the crew with rapid access to critical information on flight, navigation, and mission parameters, delivered through multiple sensors and advanced connectivity systems.

In terms of armament, the AW249 is equipped with a versatile weapon system. This includes guided and unguided 70mm rockets, air-to-air infrared guided missiles, and air-to-ground radio frequency or fibre optic guided missiles. Additionally, it is armed with a formidable 20mm three-barrel Gatling gun. With a maximum take-off weight of 8.3 tons, the AW249 is set to replace the Italian Army’s aging AW129 fleet.

Production contract expected soon; deliveries from 2027.

Since its maiden flight in the summer of 2022, four prototypes of the AW249 have been constructed. Currently, two prototypes are undergoing rigorous performance, system integration, and payload testing, while the remaining two are slated to begin testing shortly.

Leonardo anticipates finalizing the production contract soon, with deliveries to the Italian Army expected to commence in 2027.

Given its advanced capabilities and modern design, the AW249 will also be available on the export market, appealing to international customers seeking state-of-the-art military helicopter solutions.

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Pakistan’s Ambitious Plan to Acquire and Produce Chinese FC-31 Stealth Fighter

Pakistan’s Ambitious Plan to Acquire and Produce Chinese FC-31 Stealth Fighter

Pakistan is embarking on an ambitious endeavor to bolster its air defense capabilities with the acquisition and potential local production of the Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter jet.

Talks are reportedly underway between the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, the developer of the FC-31, signaling a significant leap forward for Pakistan’s military aviation prowess.

The FC-31, a mid-sized, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter, promises advanced air combat capabilities, including stealth technology that surpasses anything currently in the PAF‘s fleet. With plans to retire the JF-17 production line by 2030, the FC-31 could emerge as the new flagship aircraft, offering unmatched performance and versatility.

Experts speculate that Pakistan’s interest in the FC-31 could also signal broader implications for the international market. As China develops both land and carrier versions of the FC-31, analysts foresee it becoming a cost-effective alternative to pricier options like the F-35, potentially challenging the dominance of the US aerospace industry and reshaping global strategic rivalries.

Adding complexity to the deal is China’s push for the WS-13 engine, previously rejected for the JF-17 but now under consideration for both the FC-31 and future JF-17 variants. Engine standardization could streamline logistical and maintenance processes for the PAF, further enhancing the appeal of the FC-31.

While negotiations continue, the success of the FC-31 acquisition and local production hinges on several factors, including the outcome of the WS-13 engine discussions. Pakistan’s pursuit of the FC-31 comes amidst its eagerness to replace its aging fleet, with previous attempts to upgrade its F-16s by the United States due to geopolitical pressures.

Amidst these developments, Pakistan previous interest in the Turkish-made Kaan fifth-generation fighter underscores its eagerness to replace its aging fleet. Despite previous attempts to secure upgrades for its F-16s from the United States, Pakistan’s quest for advanced aerial capabilities has led it to explore alternative avenues, with the FC-31 emerging as a promising contender in its pursuit of air superiority.

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Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

Airbus presents new Wingman concept at ILA Berlin Airshow

At the prestigious ILA aerospace trade show in Berlin, Airbus Defence and Space made waves by introducing its pioneering Wingman concept, marking a significant leap forward in military aviation technology.

Teaming up with Helsing, Europe’s leading defense AI and software company, Airbus showcased a framework cooperation agreement aimed at revolutionizing the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) in defense.

Airbus Wingman

The Wingman concept represents a paradigm shift in aerial warfare, introducing unmanned platforms equipped with advanced AI capabilities to augment the capabilities of manned combat aircraft. Pilots in command aircraft such as the Eurofighter command these autonomous drones, positioning them to undertake high-risk mission tasks that would traditionally pose a significant threat to manned-only aircraft.

Central to the Wingman concept is Manned-Unmanned Teaming, wherein manned aircraft serve as “command fighters,” retaining ultimate control over mission decisions while delegating tactical tasks to unmanned systems. This synergistic collaboration promises to enhance mission flexibility, increase combat mass, and minimize risk exposure for pilots, thereby bolstering overall operational effectiveness.

The capabilities of the Wingman extend across a diverse spectrum of mission profiles, ranging from reconnaissance and target jamming to precision strikes against both ground and aerial targets. Equipped with advanced sensors, connectivity solutions, and a diverse array of armaments, the Wingman stands poised to redefine the operational landscape of modern air forces.

While the Wingman model showcased at ILA Berlin represents the pinnacle of current technological innovation, it also serves as a catalyst for future design iterations. As with any pioneering concept, refinement and evolution are inevitable, with each generation of the Wingman poised to push the boundaries of aerial warfare even further.

MQ-28 Ghost Bat

Boeing introduced the MQ-28 Ghost Bat, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), which made its maiden flight in February 2021. Developed by Boeing Australia, the MQ-28 leverages artificial intelligence to serve as a force multiplier for manned fighter jets.

The Ghost Bat is engineered to operate in tandem with existing military aircraft, enhancing and extending the capabilities of airborne missions. This cost-effective UCAV is designed to work as an intelligent teammate, complementing and amplifying the effectiveness of manned operations in various mission profiles.

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