Airbus A350 XWB Carries its First Passengers
I must say, Airbus has really moved quite fast with its production of the Airbus A350 XWB from taking its first flight just last year, 14th of June 2013. Now, not quite a year later, the A350 carried its first passengers. Make sure to watch this remarkable video detailing the events.
Airbus released a press release stating:
The A350 XWB MSN2 completed successfully the “Early Long Flight” campaign involving two flights with passengers operated consecutively by Air France and Lufthansa cabin crews on June 2nd and June 3rd.
Early Long Flights are an important achievement towards the A350’s entry into service. Though not part of the technical certification programme, these flights allow Airbus to assess the cabin environment and systems in flight ahead of final certification ensuring that airlines will benefit from a fully mature aircraft from day one of commercial operations.
The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. The new layout can hold anywhere from 250 to 350 passengers with a three cabin layout and even more if outfitted accordingly, up to 550 passengers.
Photo and Video Credit to Airbus.