Both aircraft ‒ each of them an Airbus A350-900 jet ‒ made their first flights on February 26 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The...

Two more Airbus A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2 and MSN4, have made their first flights ‒ on the same day.

Both aircraft ‒ each of them an Airbus A350-900 jet ‒ made their first flights on February 26 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France, the location of Airbus’ widebody final-assembly lines.


Flight-test Airbus A350-900s MSN2 (nearest the camera) and MSN4 bank away from the chase plane as they fly in formation during their respective maiden flights. Both aircraft flew for the first time on February 26, 2014, doubling to four the number of A350-900s flying in the A350 XWB flight-test program at that time

Flight-test Airbus A350-900s MSN2 (nearest the camera) and MSN4 bank away from the chase plane as they fly in formation during their respective maiden flights. Both aircraft flew for the first time on February 26, 2014, doubling to four the number of A350-900s flying in the A350 XWB flight-test program at that time

 

During their respective first flights, the two aircraft joined up to fly in formation for an in-flight photo shoot conducted using a chase plane.

The successful first flights of the two aircraft means the total number of A350 XWBs now flying has doubled, from two to four.

To date, the first two Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft to fly, MSN1 and MSN3, have already performed close to 1,100 flight-test hours out of the program’s total 2,500 flight hours planned for certification.

Airbus A350-900s MSN2 (in the foreground, the third flight-test A350-900) and MSN4 (the fourth flight-test A350-900) fly in formation during their respective maiden flights. Both aircraft made their first flights on February 26, 2014, doubling in one day the number of A350-900 jets flying in the A350 XWB flight-test program

Airbus A350-900s MSN2 (in the foreground, the third flight-test A350-900) and MSN4 (the fourth flight-test A350-900) fly in formation during their respective maiden flights. Both aircraft made their first flights on February 26, 2014, doubling in one day the number of A350-900 jets flying in the A350 XWB flight-test program

 

MSN2, with its special ‘carbon’-inspired livery, will be the first A350 XWB test aircraft to feature a full passenger cabin. This will allow Airbus to start testing and validating all A350 XWB cabin- and passenger-related systems.

As part of these cabin tests, MSN2 will carry the first A350 XWB passengers during the Early Long Flights (ELF) program this spring.

A350 XWB MSN2, the third flight-test A350-900, takes off for its first flight. It made from Toulouse on February 26, 2014 at around 12:00 noon local time

A350 XWB MSN2, the third flight-test A350-900, takes off for its first flight. It made from Toulouse on February 26, 2014 at around 12:00 noon local time

 

MSN4 bears the combined colors of Qatar Airways – the A350 XWB launch customer – and Airbus.

Aircraft MSN4 will be fitted with light flight-test instrumentation. Amongst other test activities, it will be used for low-weight flight envelope certification and external noise measurements.

A350 XWB MSN4, the fourth flight-test A350-900, takes off for its first flight. It made the flight from Toulouse on February 26, 2014 at around 2:00 p.m. local time

A350 XWB MSN4, the fourth flight-test A350-900, takes off for its first flight. It made the flight from Toulouse on February 26, 2014 at around 2:00 p.m. local time

 

The A350 XWB test fleet will be completed when the fifth A350 XWB test aircraft, MSN5, joins the fleet in spring.

MSN5 will be used for the final Airbus A350-900 type certification, to be performed for the European Aviation Safety Agencies.