The route-proving flight trials took the aircraft over every one of the Earth’s oceans and also saw it fly over the North Pole. During its world tour, the aircraft flew approximately 81,700 nautical miles in a total of 180 flight hours.

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Airbus A350-900 MSN5 is operating a series of route-proving flights throughout the world, in an exercise designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations. The flights will include high-airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and handling services.

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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.

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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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