In a major about-face, Airbus confirmed to ATWOnline that it has ditched the aluminum frame for a composite frame on the A350 XWB. The move comes after key customers ILFC and Emirates expressed concerns about maintenance on an aluminum structure. At the Paris Air Show in June, ILFC Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy told this website that he would try to convince Airbus to change to the all-composite structure. "There is still time for Airbus to go for composite panels on a composite frame," he ...

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