Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on June 11 that the composites-intensive A350 XWB's first flight is planned for Friday, June 14, based on current visibility of the program and the flight test status. Weather conditions permitting, the A350 XWB MSN1 will take off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at around 10:00 am local time.
The A350 XWB flight test teams are now carrying out the last checks on A350 XWB MSN1 before they give their final green light for the first flight to take place on Friday. Recent pre-first flight tests successfully carried out include the first power up of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines on MSN1, which took place on June 2.
The A350 XWB is the all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. The new family, compared with existing aircraft in this size category, uses 25 percent less fuel and provides an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. Scheduled for entry-into-service in second half of 2014, the A350 XWB has already won 613 firm orders from 33 customers worldwide.
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