Airbus has officially inaugurated its dedicated A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre (CDC) in Hamburg, Germany where airline customers and operators will be able to follow an efficient cabin design and definition process, in turn allowing shorter lead times. The CDC features individually tailored zones, and enables customers to see, feel and test catalog items in a showroom environment. The center also incorporates the electronic A350 XWB Configurator, which is a virtual environment and modelling tool for accelerated cabin specification and visualization. In short, airlines can define their own A350 XWB cabin in one place.
A350 XWB cabin features which customers can evaluate in the CDC include cabin LED lighting, various galley options, and fourth-generation IFE consoles and HD display options. Visitors to the CDC’s full-scale mock-ups can also experience the feel of the aircraft’s near-vertical sidewalls, and its large overhead stowage bins.