The air frame conducting today’s maiden flight is a A 350-900 variant of the A 350 XWB family program. This aircraft from Airbus is the direct competitor of Boeing’s trouble hit yet popular B 787 also known as Boeing Dreamliner.
This first flight marks the beginning of a test campaign totaling around 2,500 flight hours. Airbus will have 5 aircraft’s of the current model in the Test program of A 350 XWB for certification purposes. Two of these aircraft’s will be fit with cabins for testing procedures before the 1st entry into airline service in the second half of 2014 with first operator Qatar Airways.
Here are some highlights of the Maiden flight of A 350 XWB
A350 XWB Chief Test Pilot, Peter Chandler live from cockpit
You can know more and follow all the latest news and details on the A 350 XWB Website: http://www.a350xwb.com/
Photo Credit: Airbus Website