Airbus sent us some PR today about their tests on the A350 panel. “The 15m² structure (pictured) is fitted in place of an existing A340 aluminium fuselage section. The trials, conducted by Airbus’ flight-test aircraft A340 MSN001, are part of a three-week campaign to evaluate pressurised CFRP acoustic properties and to help fine-tune sound insulation for the A350 XWB cabin. Manufactured by Airbus at Nantes, the CFRP panel is fitted with microphone sensors and will be tested with various types of acoustic insulation materials.”
What got our attention is the window size. Note how much larger the A350 windows are than those on the A340. Click on the picture to get a better view.