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Airbus Redesigns A350 Cockpits Because of Beverage Accidents

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Some Airbus A350s will receive redesigned cockpits — because spilled drinks on the flight deck became a problem.

World of Aviation explains, “The centre console is home to the engine-start and electronic centralised aircraft monitoring systems, and had reportedly been previously used as a make-shift coffee table by aircrew, thanks to the impractically small cup holders that are provided inside the cockpit.”

So why were the cupholders so small in the first place?

Simple Flying’s Andrew Curran writes, “One of the quirks of the A350 cockpit is that the cupholders are smaller than found on other aircraft types. Airbus, being a good European manufacturer, builds cupholders sized for French coffee rather than US sized coffee.”

Free coffee at 7-Eleven!
Just one of the reasons I’m not an A350 pilot. 😉

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