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Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 Completes Early Long Flight Campaign

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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 A350s 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 class layout.

The A350 XWBs certification testing is on track for certification in Q3 2014, to be followed by entry into service in Q4.

 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.

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