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Old July 25th, 2014, 09:49 AM   #1601
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Airbus A350 XWB MSN001 flight test aircraft has successfully completed the maximum energy rejected takeoff (MERTO) testing at Istres Air Force Base in southern France, clearing one of the programme's final hurdles prior to certification.

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Old July 25th, 2014, 04:53 PM   #1602
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The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has reached the final stage towards certification. The A350 will do a three week world tour that includes 4 trips to 14 major airports worldwide and one route via the North Pole (this was flown yesterday).

These route proving tests are designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations and will include high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and handling services. Some flights will have passengers on board.

The aircraft (MSN5) is one of the fleet of five test aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business class and 223 economy class seats). The A350 flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews with the participation of Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Trip one: Toulouse-Iqaluit-Frankfurt-Toulouse
Trip two: Toulouse-Hong-Kong-Singapore-Hong-Kong-Toulouse (Hong Kong to Singapore several times)
Trip three: Toulouse-Johannesburg-Sydney-Auckland-Santiago de Chile-Sao Paulo-Toulouse
Trip four: Toulouse-Doha-Perth-Doha-Moscow-Helsinki-Toulouse
Currently the A350 is en route from Iqaluit to Frankfurt. Follow the flight live on http://www.flightradar24.com/AIB102/3e714f0
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Old July 25th, 2014, 08:43 PM   #1603
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Any dates yet? I hope to see it in Helsinki when i'll be flying through there on the 12th and 19th next month
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Old July 27th, 2014, 02:35 PM   #1604
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Old July 28th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #1605
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Old July 29th, 2014, 07:44 AM   #1606
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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:24 PM   #1607
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Any dates yet? I hope to see it in Helsinki when i'll be flying through there on the 12th and 19th next month
Airbus A350 arrives from Moscow to Helsinki Airport on Tuesday, 12th August. The estimated landing time is 6 PM. The plane continues its flight to Toulouse, France, on Wednesday afternoon, 13th August.

http://www.finavia.fi/en/news-room/n...ort-in-august/
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Old July 29th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #1608
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Old July 30th, 2014, 01:54 PM   #1609
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Old July 31st, 2014, 11:52 AM   #1611
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Airbus's A350-900 aircraft has embarked on a three-week route-proving drive as part of its final certification stage, soon after the completion of the aircraft's maximum energy rejected takeoff (MERTO) testing.

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Old July 31st, 2014, 02:01 PM   #1612
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Airbus Industrie A350-941 (F-WWYB; msn 005) in Singapore as part of the route proving tour.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 02:35 PM   #1613
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Airbus A350 arrives from Moscow to Helsinki Airport on Tuesday, 12th August. The estimated landing time is 6 PM. The plane continues its flight to Toulouse, France, on Wednesday afternoon, 13th August.

http://www.finavia.fi/en/news-room/n...ort-in-august/
so close... My flight leaves before noon
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Old July 31st, 2014, 03:45 PM   #1614
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It will be in Johannesburg this weekend...and then departing on a flight to Sydney...nonstop? Anyone know if it will do this JNB-SYD flight to prove certain ETOPS requirements?
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Old July 31st, 2014, 06:42 PM   #1615
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Airbus to test-run newest passenger aircraft in Hong Kong
30 July 2014
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong is helping test the world's newest passenger plane as Airbus' A350 arrives for a series of trial flights, the final step before the aircraft can be certified and delivered later this year.

Cathay Pacific Airways, with 46 orders for the medium-sized wide-body jets, is the model's second-biggest customer in Asia after Singapore Airlines with 70.

This was partly why Hong Kong and Singapore were the only two Asian cities chosen for the aircraft's global airworthiness test flights that included 14 locations, said Didier Evrard, Airbus' A350 programme chief.

The long-haul oriented A350 XWB, available in three sizes with 276, 315 and 369 seats respectively, is set to be the world's most fuel-efficient and modern jet to date for its usage of advanced composite materials. It promises to offer a quieter, wider cabin and 25 per cent better fuel efficiency compared to rival Boeing's 777.

Evrard said the prototype aircraft was making four return trips between Hong Kong and Singapore to test its performance in hot and humid weather before returning to its base in Toulouse, France, tomorrow.

The first delivery to Qatar Airways is scheduled for the end of the year pending certification in September.

Airbus has received 736 orders from 37 customers, mainly for the two bigger models.

"We are excited to see that this groundbreaking aircraft is getting closer to its entry into service," said Ivan Chu Kwok-leung, the chief executive of Cathay. "The A350 will be the backbone of our mid-sized wide-body fleet for long-haul destinations."

Cathay is expecting its first A350 in 2016 and will be operating 48 by 2020, including two leased. It is already operating the world's biggest fleet of A330s, Airbus' best-selling medium-sized aircraft which it is relaunching this month with a new engine option, the A330neo.

Hawaiian Airlines last week swapped its order for six A350-800s for the A330neo, reducing the number of orders for the smallest A350 model to only 28 and leading to industry concerns about the two models' overlap.

Evrard said the two models differed in positioning and range, with the A350 suited for routes longer than 10 hours.

He also said he expected mainland airlines to favour the A330 for domestic operations given its range.

Air China is the only mainland customer for the A350, with 10 orders.

The Boeing 787, A350's competitor model, flew to Hong Kong for its test flight in 2011.

Chu said Airbus' return with the A350, after testing its double-decker A380 here in 2006, highlighted the important position of the city on the world aviation stage.

The Airport Authority said it welcomed the A350 and hoped to see more environmentally friendly planes operating at the airport.
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Old August 2nd, 2014, 01:30 PM   #1616
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IAG firms up for 8 Airbus A350-900



World’s most modern Widebody airliner joins Iberia’s long-haul fleet

1 August 2014 Press Release

International Airlines Group (IAG) has converted eight A350-900 options into firm orders for Iberia. The airline becomes a new customer for the fast-selling A350XWB Family. The aircraft will be equipped with efficient Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines and will deliver huge operational benefits through Airbus’ unique family values.

IAG secured commercial terms for the A350 aircraft as part of the Group long-haul order announced in April 2013.

“We are very proud that IAG has chosen the A350-900 aircraft for Iberia. We welcome a new operator of the most efficient mid-size long-haul aircraft in the market,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A350XWB is the aircraft of choice in its category and set to become a reference among passengers for its unrivalled cabin comfort and quietness." ‎

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Old August 4th, 2014, 08:19 AM   #1617
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Another angle of the upcoming aircraft in Hong Kong:

Airbus Industrie A350-900XWB, "Around the World" (reg. F-WWYB)

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Old August 4th, 2014, 07:19 PM   #1618
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Old August 4th, 2014, 10:26 PM   #1619
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I can't wait to fly on Qatar Airway A350

It looks amazing
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A350WXB on its way to Sidney via Flightrader24

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