The first Airbus A350-1000 to land in the UK has touched down at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) this afternoon.
The long range twin-jet, known as the XWB or (Extra Wide Body) took off from Toulouse this afternoon for the short flight to Cardiff and landed just after 16:30hrs before taking up residence at Wales’ National Airport for 2 days of fuel trials.
The A350 has a fuel system designed with fewer pumps and valves and a sophisticated fuel management system that handles the fueling and de fueling operations on the ground, as well as fuel flow to engines and between tanks while airborne. The system also moves fuel between tanks to optimise the aircraft’s centre of gravity (CoG) as well as reducing wing bending. This process also helps to maintain the correct fuel temperature range.
Cardiff Airport’s latest airline, Qatar Airways is the launch customer for the type which is expected to enter service later this year. It carried out its first flight on the 24th November.