Like all his Airbus colleagues Alan Pardoe, Head of Marketing Communications for Airbus, exudes genuine, almost boyish corporate pride as he leads the way into the company's aircraft mock-up hall, close to Toulouse Airport.
That's a wonderful thing to have for any industry," says Pardoe
We have spent a lot of time working on this commonality," says Pardoe
Testing processes are unrelentingly thorough, pushing the aircraft to extremes that it would almost certainly never encounter during actual commercial operations.
"It might be flown close to the speed of sound during one test," says Pardoe
Investing in lightweight, strong, and aerodynamic composites is crucial for the A350.
"Fifty-three percent of the fuselage and wings are made from composites, with titanium, aluminum, and steel accounting for most of the rest," says Pardoe
"Using the right material for the right purpose in the right place - that's what building aeroplanes is all about."
Countdown to delivery
leads the way to the final assembly line (FAL), which boasts facilities as state of the art as the planes it is designed to produce.
"We have spent lots of time on Airbus commonality," says Alan Pardoe of Airbus.