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News: Airbus A350-1000 Maiden Flight

Published 12 December 2016, 15:16

The first A350-1000 takes off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport’s Runway 32L on November 24. Airbus

The first Airbus A350-1000 F-WMIL (MSN059) took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France, at 1042hrs on November 24.

British test pilot Frank Chapman was joined on the flight deck for the 4hr 18min maiden flight by fellow test pilot Hugues van der Stichel
and test flight engineer Gérard Maisonneuve.

As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900, the A350-1000 also features a
modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls- Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

It is Airbus’ largest and most powerful twin-engine airliner and the company claims it is the world’s most fuel-efficient large widebody. Airbus, benefiting from the experience
of the original A350-900 test campaign (accomplished in 2014), said the A350-1000’s development programme will be shorter – under one year for the three aircraft.

MSN059’s duties for performance testing will include exploration of the flight envelope, handling qualities, loads and braking. The
second aircraft to fly, MSN071, will also be tasked with performance evaluation, which will encompass braking, powerplant, systems
and autopilot. The third and final aircraft to fly, MSN065, will be equipped with a cabin and will evaluate the cabin and air systems. The
third aircraft will also perform the “early long flights” and route-proving.

The overall campaign will culminate in the type’s certification followed by its entry into airline service in the second half of 2017 with
first operator Qatar Airways, the largest A350- 1000 customer to date, with 37 on order

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