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How the Sausage Is Made — Watching Asiana’s First A350 Being Built Is Mesmerizing

It’s like watching giant multi-million dollar lego parts getting snapped together.

With state-of-the-art engines, a high amount of composites, and high-tech flourishes, the A350 is quickly becoming a favorite of airlines and passengers alike.  The A350 XWB is meant to fill a gap between the A330 and A380 in Airbus’s lineup.  The A350 has a range between 8000 and 10,000 miles depending on the version.  It is designed to be an ideal replacement for the Boeing 777-200 and 767-400 sized aircraft and is positioned as a competitor to the slightly smaller 787 series jets.

Building a jet like the A350 is no small task.  It’s more like a precise logistical ballet than a rapid construction project. Airbus components are made throughout Europe.  An Airbus A300 Beluga jet transports the large components like fuselage sections and the wings to final assembly in Toulouse, France.

The video shows the final assembly of Asiana’s first A350 XWB aircraft.

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