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The Airbus A350 XWB MSN1 takes to the air for the first time

The brand new A350 XWB from Airbus, MSN1, has taken to the air for the first time from Toulouse today. This new aircraft  is taking the fight to Boeing and the 787 as it looks to set the standard for passenger comfort.

Airbus A350 XWB ready on the runway

With over 50,000 viewers watching live around the world the A350 XWB took to the air to carry out the first of many flight tests before the aircraft is certified for deliveries to airlines.

The plan to get the aircraft in the air before the Paris Air Show has been achieved, just in time and no doubt the show will be full of news of increased orders!

The first flight test has included general handling of the aeroplane with its landing gear down and flaps and slats extended in a variety of configurations. This was also a precaution just in case there where any issues during the first part of the flight.

Once the MSN1 flight crew where happy the landing gear was raised and the aircraft cleaned up to allow them to increase speed up from 250 knots and then up to 0.8 Mach and up to an altitude of 25,000 feet for further testing.

Before and during the flight the aircraft is monitored by over 100 engineers in six Telemetry Rooms.

The Telemetry Room double checking everything for the test pilots and flight crew

One of the main points to notice with the A350 is how quiet the aircraft is with the Rolls Royce XWB engines. The other is the new composite wing shape, offering increased lift with less weight throughout the airframe structure.

Two of the five test A350 aircraft will be fitted out with cabin seating. The Extra Wide Body Airbus is offering a cabin that is 5 inches wider than the 787 allowing a 9 abreast 18 inch economy seating.configuration. Mood lighting, more space and larger overhead lockers will all go to trying to keep the new Airbus setting the standards for wide body aircraft.

From the presentation today by Airbus they certainly have shown they are leading the way at the moment in airline construction and specifications.

The proof will be achieving delivery dates and standards for its airline customers.

 

The Airbus A350 XWB First Flight

You can see the new wing shape on the A350 Landing gear up for the A350 XWB Various climbs, speeds and turns are checked on teh A350 before the landing gear is raised The proud Airbus staff look on The first take-off of the A350 The first few minutes of the A350 XWB flight The A350 XWB with its new wing design The A350 XWB wheels leave the tarmac The A350 XWB test flight checks The A350 XWB speeds down the runway about to take-off The A350 XWB rotates The A350 XWB on its test flight The A350 XWB nose wheel leaves the runway The A350 XWB just after take-off The A350 XWB climbs on its first flight The A350 XWB climbs above Tolouse The A350 XWB begins its first test flight The A350 900 with landing gear down The A350 takes off The A350 takes off on time The A350 takes off at 10am The A350 rolling down the runway The A350 crew try out several turns before cleaning the aircarft up fo rmore tests The A350 crew raise the landing gear after primary checks The A350 climbs from the runway The A350 900 continues the test flight after the landing gear is raised Testing the A350 aircraft in turns before moving on to further tests Test pilots turn the A350 onto the runway ready for take-off Prepared for take-off Lining up the A350 XWB to take to the air Final checks at the runway Airbus A350 XWB with landing gear up Airbus A350 XWB ready to taxi to runway Airbus A350 XWB ready to taxi to runway at Tolouse Airbus A350 XWB flight crew pilots taxi the new aircraft to rhe runway Airbus A350 XWB first flight Airbus A350 XWB first flight ready to take-off at Tolouse Airbus A350 XWB first flight ready to depart Airbus A350 XWB first flight carrys out final checks before heading to the runway Airbus A350 XWB carrying out final checks before first flight Airbus A350 XWB carrying out final checks before first flight in France Airbus A350 staff turn out to watch first flight The Airbus A350 XWB takes to the air on its first flight The A350 900 lines up ready to take off A350 XWB takes to the air on first flight A350 XWB ready to depart on the first test flight A350 XWB put through first set of tests and checks by flight crew A350 XWB climbs after take-off A350 waiting for the 10am departure A350 makes its way skywards in front of the Airbus crowds A350 XWB about to raise the landing gear

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