Airbus’s A350 has made its second and final visit to Australia as part of the aircraft’s route proving flight campaign.
Development aircraft MSN5, F-WWYB, touched down at Perth about 15:15 on Sunday after flying in from Doha, Qatar, on the last of four route proving flights it has been undertaking to demonstrate the A350’s readiness for airline operations. After spending a few hours on the ground at the international terminal the aircraft departed Perth back to Doha at 23:10. From Doha the aircraft was due to continue on to Moscow and Helsinki, before returning to Airbus’s home base in Toulouse, France.
Airbus says A350 certification is on track to be awarded before the end of September, with delivery to launch customer Qatar Airways due to follow before the end of the year.