The first flight-test Airbus A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop at Toulouse fully painted.
Airbus A350 XWB ‘MSN001’ is now fully complete after emerging in its Airbus livery from the manufacturer’s paint shop in Toulouse.
This latest milestone shows that MSN001 is progressing well on its route to first flight, according to Airbus.
First flight of the A350 XWB is expected to take place in late June or early July.
A350 XWB MSN001 is an Airbus A350-900. To date Airbus has sold more A350-900s than either of the other variants, the shorter-body A350-800 and the stretched, 350-passenger A350-1000.
Airbus says it achieved painting of A350 XWB MSN001 in less than seven days.
Painting of the aircraft followed the recent completion of MSN001’s flight-test-instrumentation verification.
Last month the aircraft had its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines installed and passed a subsequent intensive phase of ground vibration tests.
A notable feature of the Trent XWB installation is that photographs of A350 XWB MSN001 with its engines installed show clearly that the Trent XWBs do not have noise-reducing scalloping at the rear of their nacelles similar to that featuring in the nacelles of the Trent 1000 and General Electric GEnx-1B engines fitted to Boeing 787s.
MSN001 will soon start the final tests before its maiden flight this summer, according to Airbus.
The industry expectation is that MSN001 will make its first flight shortly after the end of the 2013 Paris Airshow, in late June or early July.