The Airbus A350-1000 Flies for the First Time

MSN059, the first of three Airbus A350-1000 development aircraft to fly in the flight-test program for the new A350 XWB version, landed at Toulouse Blagnac Airport in southwestern France at 3:00 p.m. local time on November 24 after successfully completing a first flight of four hours and 18 minutes.

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Airbus has performed the first test flight of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine, which will power the forthcoming A350-1000 twinjet.

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In addition to its 50-aircraft order of November 20 and its order for 10 A330-300s from September 2013, Delta also has 45 Airbus A321s on firm order, bringing its total Airbus backlog to 105 aircraft.

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The European Aviation Safety Agency awarded the Airbus A350-900 its type certificate on September 30. FAA certification will follow shortly, according to Airbus.

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Japan Airlines has placed a firm order for 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s and has taken options on a further 25 A350 XWBs.

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Lufthansa Group’s planned firm orders include 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s. The group will also take options on another 30 A350-900s, the deal giving it the flexibility to convert part of its Airbus A350 XWB buy to specify the larger A350-1000 if it wishes.

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A new agreement between United Airlines and Airbus specifies conversion of the U.S. carrier’s previous order for 25 A350-900s to the Airbus A350-1000 model plus an additional order for 10 more A350-1000 aircraft.

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Air France-KLM has finalized a firm order for 25 Airbus A350-900s and has taken options on 25 more, 10 fewer A350-900s in all than the group said it would buy when it first announced its planned order in September 2011.

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The first Airbus A350 XWB widebody jet has successfully completed its first flight, landing to the cheers of thousands of Airbus employees, guests and media representatives gathered for the event.

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Airbus powered up the Trent XWB engines on the first flight-test A350 XWB on June 2 after starting up the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit (APU), as part of the preparations for the aircraft’s maiden flight.

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Airbus A350 XWB ‘MSN001’ is now fully complete after emerging in its Airbus livery from the manufacturer’s paint shop in Toulouse.

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Airbus has installed on the first flight-test A350 XWB (MSN001) its two flight-ready Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The manufacturer is also installing on the first Airbus A350 XWB the aircraft’s Honeywell HGT1700 auxiliary power unit.

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The first flight-test Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine has been mounted on the A380 flying test-bed (the aircraft with manufacturer’s serial number MSN 001, the first Airbus A380 built) at Airbus’ Jean-Luc Lagardère site in Toulouse.

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Airbus and Rolls-Royce are to develop the A350-1000 with more powerful Trent XWB engines than originally specified and an increased take-off weight. In doing so, says Airbus, the manufacturers responded to the market’s call to offer even more payload and range.

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