The first copy of the A350, the new long-haul European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, which should make its first flight in early summer, was released Monday afternoon from the paint shop of the manufacturer near Toulouse (southwest).
Wearing blue colors and Airbus A350-900 logo, the new jet along European mail is pulled out in reverse painting workshop where he joined a few days ago from the adjacent assembly hall.
Airbus said in a statement that “the painting of the aircraft was completed in less than seven days” and follows “the recent audit of the instrumentation for flight test” of this first issue called MSN001.
Airbus mounted the Trent XWB engines Rolls Royce on the device in late March and “made a series of vibration tests.”
Another copy of the A350, designed for static tests and never fly, continues to be in parallel with multiple resistance tests.
The flight test campaign should begin in early summer, probably between mid-June and mid-July.
Airbus gradually use five copies of the A350 XWB (extra wide body) for this test campaign for the first delivery of the aircraft at the end of 2014.
The A350-900 seats 314 is intended to compete with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and promises like him to be lighter and more fuel efficient than current models, with the majority use of composites instead of parts metal.
A shortened A350-800 release and another higher capacity A350-1000 should then be completed in 2016 and 2017 this range of devices from 270 to 350 passengers. Airbus has so far received orders for 616 units.