The latest passenger airliner from European airplane maker Airbus, the A350 XWB, conducted its first flight successfully on June 14 in Toulouse, France.
The first flight of the latest Airbus wide-body airliner was witnessed by thousands of company employees, industry executives and aircraft enthusiasts besides thousands of online viewers worldwide who watched the real-time broadcast of the flight. Airbus is headquartered in Toulouse.
The aircraft took off at 10:00 a.m. from the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. The flight lasted a total of 4 hours and 5 minutes with the aircraft landing back at the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport after conducting a flyby.
The flight successfully demonstrated the low-noise levels of the two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines used on the aircraft.
The A350 XWB mid-size long range aircraft will be offered in three versions with seating capacity of between 270 and 350 passengers in three-class layouts. Airbus claims that the aircraft will use 25 per cent less fuel with a similar reduction in CO2 emissions compared to equivalent aircraft.
Airbus has so far received 613 firm orders for the aircraft from 33 customers worldwide. The aircraft is expected to enter service in 2014.