The A350 XWB MSN2 completed successfully the
“Early Long Flight” campaign involving two flights with passengers
operated consecutively by Air France and Lufthansa cabin crews on
2 and 3 June 2014.
Early Long Flights are an important achievement
towards the A350’s entry into service. Though not part of the
technical certification programme, these flights allow Airbus to
assess the cabin environment and systems in flight ahead of final
certification ensuring that airlines will benefit from a fully
mature aircraft from day one of commercial operations.
Both A350 XWB Early Long Flights took off from
and landed in Toulouse. The first flight, a day time flight, took
place on Monday 2nd June and lasted seven hours, while the second
one, an overnight flight lasting twelve hours, left Toulouse on
Tuesday 3rd June and landed on 4th June.
During the flights, 500 passengers, comprising
Airbus employees, and some 30 cabin experts from Airbus and
equipment manufacturers, were tasked to try out and test the A350
XWB cabin systems, including air conditioning, lighting,
acoustics, inflight entertainment (IFE), galleys, electrics,
toilets and water waste systems.
The Early Long Flights were carried out with
MSN2, one of the two A350 XWB test aircraft fitted with a cabin
and which seats 252 passengers in a business class and economy
The A350 XWB’s certification testing is on track
for certification in Q3 2014, to be followed by entry into service
The first four A350s now flying have
together accumulated around 1900 Flight test hours and over 440
flights. The flight-test fleet will be completed with the fifth
aircraft, MSN005, in the coming weeks.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long
range product line comprising three versions covering a wide range
of capacities from 276 to 369 seats.
At the end of May 2014, the A350 XWB had won 812
orders from 39 customers.
Very First Airbus A350 XWB Flying Display
at an airshow Anywhere in the world took place 11 February at the
Singapore Airshow 2014
Exclusive Airbus A350 XWB Interview at
Singapore Airshow 2014
Exclusive HD video interview about the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB
Engine which powers the elegant, and supremely quiet, Airbus
A350-900 XWB. The interview, which took place at the Singapore
Airshow 2014 on 11 February, is with Richard Hedges, Director
Communications Civil Aerospace for Rolls-Royce.