The route-proving flight trials took the aircraft over every one of the Earth’s oceans and also saw it fly over the North Pole. During its world tour, the aircraft flew approximately 81,700 nautical miles in a total of 180 flight hours.

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Airbus A350-900 MSN005 took off on June 20 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, completing the five-aircraft complement of the Airbus A350-900 development fleet.

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The Airbus A350 XWB has made its first-ever landing on British soil, visiting Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.

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Both aircraft ‒ each of them an Airbus A350-900 jet ‒ made their first flights on February 26 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The successful first flights of the two aircraft means the total number of A350 XWBs now flying has doubled, from two to four.

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The Airbus A350 XWB ‘MSN3’ development aircraft, accompanied by a team of 48 Airbus specialists, has completed cold-weather trials at Iqaluit Airport in northern Canada.

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The second Airbus A350 XWB to fly, an A350-900 given the designation MSN3 by Airbus, landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time on October 14 after completing a first flight of approximately five hours.

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Airbus reports that the first flight-test A350-900, MSN1, has accumulated 92 flight test hours and performed well since its maiden flight on June 14. Early flight-testing has already resulted in the clearance of operations throughout the entire flight envelope and initial testing of all key systems.

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Weather conditions permitting, the first flight-test Airbus A350 XWB will take off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at around 10:00 am local time on June 14, according to Airbus.

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