Size difference between the Airbus A350-800, -900, and -1000
I made a somewhat interesting discovery recently as I was putting the finishing touches on my first Airbus A350 illustration. I started out creating the A350-800 and then decided that it would probably be smart to create the extended versions while I was at it. Long story short, I was a bit surprised about the size difference between all variants of the A350 when I placed them side by side.
Because I had spent so long on the -800 illustration (probably 30 hours), it had established itself as the “normal” version in my mind. I didn’t realize how stubby it was until I compared it against the two other variants – and it was so weird to me that I actually began to second-guess my drawings. Did I make a mistake somewhere? I rechecked all my dimensions and I never did find anything off-base. There really is a big difference between all three of these airplanes.
I think the biggest surprise to me was the fact that the A350-1000 looks sooo long and thin – which is highly similar to the Boeing 757-300 (aka the “flying pencil”).
Overall, I think Airbus did a fine job designing the A350. I don’t think it’s as good looking as the 787, but there are some really nicely sculpted sections connecting the wing to the fuselage that look downright nice.