Airbus has shipped its first A350 XWB center wing box from its plant in Nantes, France, to its site in St. Nazaire, France, where it will be assembled into the first A350 fuselage, the company said.
The center wing box is made from 40 percent carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
The wing box was loaded on a special transport jig and shipped by river barge down the Loire River to St. Nazaire.
Once it’s installed into the fuselage, the subassembly will be flown on a Beluga aircraft to Airbus’ new A350 final assembly line in Toulouse, France.
Spirit AeroSystems is building fuselage and wing components for the A350.