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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Airbus has designated the aircraft MSN2 and it is painted in a distinctive “Carbon” livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced carbon-fiber composite materials.

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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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