The fifth and final flight-test Airbus A350-900 has made its first flight.
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.
MSN005 is the second A350-900 flight-test aircraft to be equipped with a passenger cabin.
The aircraft is being tasked with route proving and ETOPS (extended-range twin-engine operations) validation.
In order to perform these certification tasks, MSN005 embodies the operationally definitive configuration for type certification duties.
According to Airbus, having MSN005 flying means that the A350 XWB flight-test program is at full speed and on track for certification in the third quarter of this year.
Certification will quickly be followed by delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways, in the fourth quarter.
As of June 20, the Airbus A350 XWB certification flight-test program has already achieved more than 2,000 flight-test hours in around 500 flights.
According to Airbus, the program is demonstrating the highest flying rate ever achieved in Airbus flight tests, with around 80 flight hours per aircraft per month.