Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, together with Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO and Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Head of A350 XWB programme, at a ceremony revealing the special customer livery on A350 XWB flight test-aircraft MSN 4 which will be on static and air display at the Singapore Airshow.
Photo Credit: Airbus
Thousands of Airbus Employees, Aviation enthusiasts and many more watching online witnessed the Maiden flight of Airbus 350 XWB from the Blagnac airport in Tolouse, France.
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
Airbus has officially announced that their newest model A350 XWB will take to the skies on its maiden flight on Friday, 14th June.
A350 XWB “MSN1” will take off from its Toulouse headquarters – Blagnac airport at around 10:00 am local time which will be witnessed by all Airbus employees based at Toulouse and many other online.
“The A350 XWB flight test teams are now carrying out the last checks on the A350 XWB “MSN1” before they give their final green light for the first flight to take place this Friday”, said Airbus.
Here is the crew of the A350 XWB maiden flight.
You can catch all the action live on the below links:
Credits: Photos from A350XWB website