Posted on: 24 December 2014 by Ross McSweeny
With the delivery of the first A350 XWB to Qatar Airways having just taken place (pictured), Airbus has released a new video detailing how the aircraft is going to offer ‘the Xtra that makes the difference in
Xtra comfort: The aircraft features 18 inch seats, which Airbus claims is the widest of any jetliner in the A350 XWB’s category. The seats apparently provide more space at shoulder level, as well as extra legroom, which is enhanced by a ‘flat floor design’. There’s also added capacity in the overhead storage bins, with leeway for two roller bags per business traveller.
Airbus also emphasises the fact that the cabin will be Xtra light, with wide panoramic windows which can transform from fully transparent to 100% light-blocking. The A350 XWB also benefits from a large illuminated dome in the ceiling.
In an attempt to reduce jetlag, the aircraft is fully equipped with LED mood lighting and advanced air conditioning technology, with multiple cabin zones for optimised temperature control. According to Airbus, an air exchange takes place every 2-3 minutes.
In terms of in-flight entertainment and connectivity, all passengers have the possibility of connecting to Wi-Fi thanks to high-bandwidth fibre optics. Individual seat monitors – measuring up to 12 inches in economy class – will allow passengers to watch HD video.
Finally, passengers won’t have to crank their volume up to block out excess aircraft noise, as the A350 XWB emits 15 effective noise decibels less than is necessary to meet industry requirements.