During water-ingestion tests at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, flight-test Airbus A350-900 MSN4 traveled through a trough containing at least a 0.9-inch depth of water. It did so at a variety of speeds, starting at 60 knots and successively increasing to around 140 knots.

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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 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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