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The Airbus A350-1000 Flies for the First Time

MSN059, the first of three Airbus A350-1000 development aircraft to fly in the flight-test program for the new A350 XWB version, landed at Toulouse Blagnac Airport in southwestern France at 3:00 p.m. local time on November 24 after successfully completing a first flight of four hours and 18 minutes.

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Cathay Pacific Airways’ first A350 performed its first flight on March 24, taking off from Toulouse Blagnac Airport and later landing back at the same airport, where Airbus’ widebody final-assembly lines are located.

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Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the fifth operator of an A350 XWB widebody airliner.

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Singapore Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 performed its maiden flight on February 2, taking off from Toulouse Blagnac Airport and flying over Southwest France before landing again at Toulouse.

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Wearing the airline’s distinctive blue-and-gold lotus livery, Vietnam Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 performed its first flight on June 1 from Toulouse Blagnac Airport, where Airbus’ widebody final-assembly lines are located.

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Launch customer Qatar Airways is officially to take delivery on Saturday, December 13 of the first of 80 Airbus A350 XWB widebodies it has on order. Airbus will hand over the milestone A350-900 to the carrier at the manufacturer’s widebody final-assembly and delivery facility at Toulouse Blagnac Airport.

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On April 8, 2014, following completion of airframe assembly and system tests in Toulouse, Skymark Airlines’ first Airbus A380 flew from Toulouse Blagnac Airport to the manufacturer’s completion facility at Finkenwerder Airfield near Hamburg.

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The first Airbus A350 XWB widebody jet has successfully completed its first flight, landing to the cheers of thousands of Airbus employees, guests and media representatives gathered for the event.

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The aircraft took off from Toulouse Blagnac Airport and after a flight of more than four hours the aircraft landed in Hamburg in Germany, where it is entering the next phase of production, covering cabin installation and painting.

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