Airbus A350-1000 First Flight Set for Nov 24th



The Airbus A350-1000 is scheduled for its first flight on November 24, if weather will allow.

This aircraft (F-WMIL, MSN 59) is the first of three -1000s to be apart of the testing fleet. Departure is scheduled at 10:30 CET from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (IATA: TLS, ICAO: LFBO) with a flight time of about four hours.

This stretched variant of the A350 is on track for deliveries in the second half of 2017. So far, orders stand at 195 with 11 customers. Qatar Airways is the largest and launch customer with 37 units, with United Airlines, the sole operator of the variant in the Americas, having 35 units on order.

The A350-1000 has the longest fuselage of the A350 family, seating 366 passengers in a three-phase layout with a range of over 8000nm (14,800km). This variant is intended to replace the A340-600, and is a competitor to the Boeing 777-300ER and the future Boeing 777-8X.

Airbus states that the -1000 has the same wingspan of the  smaller -900, but has been modified by resizing the wing for more range and payload. Like other A350 variants, it is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the most powerful RR engine ever built making 97,000 lbs. of thrust.

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