The A350 XWB embarks on final certification phase

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has taken off this
morning for the final stage towards certification. These Route Proving tests
are designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations and will include
high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and
handling services. Some flights will have passengers on board. The A350 world
tour itinerary includes 14 major airports worldwide and one route via the North
Pole.

The world tour using A350 MSN5 test aircraft forms part of the route
proving for certification campaign. The aircraft (MSN5) is one of the fleet of
five test aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business
class and 223 economy class seats). The A350 flights will be operated by Airbus
flight crews with the participation of Airworthiness Authority pilots from the
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The tests form part of the last trials required for aircraft Type
Certification scheduled for Q3 this year. The first airline delivery, to Qatar
Airways, will follow towards the end of the year.

The three week trial (four trips) starts in Toulouse, France.
Trip one, includes destinations such as Canadavia the north-pole and Frankfurt. Trip two to
Asia, the world’s fastest growing aviation market, includes visits to Hong Kong
and Singapore.
The third trip brings the aircraft to Johannesburgand to Sydney.
From Sydney it will fly to Auckland,
followed by Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulobefore returning to Toulouse.  On the fourth and final trip, the A350 will
depart from Toulouse to Doha,
then onto Perth and back to Doha. From Dohait will fly to Moscow, then to Helsinkifrom where it will fly back to Toulouse.

Today five development A350s are flying and are actively involved in the
intensive flight test programme, which has already reached over 540 flights and
2,250 flight hours.

The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus wide-body
product line. Offering its customers a 25% reduction in fuel-burn, the all-new
mid-size long-range A350 XWB Family comprises three versions from 276 to 369
seats. The A350 has carbon fibre fuselage and wings and sets new standards in
terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.

Source – http://www.airbus.com/

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