A350 test fleet adds two more

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 27, 2014
A350s MSNs2 & 4 joined the test fleet on February 26. (Airbus)
A350s MSN2 (background) & MSN4 joined the company’s test fleet on February 26. (Airbus)

Airbus’s A350 text fleet doubled in size on February 26 when MSN2 and MSN4 made their first flights from Toulouse.

The new aircraft join MSNs1 and 3 in the flight test program which is planned to comprise 2500 hours in the lead up to certification in September.

MSN2 features a striking carbon fibre paint scheme and is the first A350 fitted with a passenger cabin for early long flights in the northern spring.

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MSN2 is painted in a hybrid Airbus and Qatar Airways scheme in recognition of Qatar being the type’s launch customer.

 

A350 MSN4 shows off its attractive carbon fibre livery and swept wing tips. (Airbus)
A350 MSN4 shows off its attractive carbon fibre livery and swept wing tips. (Airbus)

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2 Comments

  • Julius

    says:

    Hi, editors:

    The last paragraph should read “MSN 4 is painted in a hybrid Airbus and Qatar Airways scheme in recognition of Qatar being the type’s launch customer.”

  • Marc

    says:

    “fitted with a passenger cabin for early long flights in the northern spring.” What exactly does this mean?

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