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A350 touches down in Sydney

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 5, 2014
F-WWYB on its landing run. (Lee Gatland)
F-WWYB on its landing run. (Lee Gatland)

Airbus A350 development aircraft MSN005 has touched down in Sydney as part of the aircraft’s long range route proving flight campaign.

The aircraft, registered F-WWYB, touched down in Sydney at 6:36am after a 12 hour flight from Johannesburg, South Africa. While on the ground in Sydney the A350 will host visits from media and industry until 2:00pm when it departs for Auckland, New Zealand.

“Sydney Airport continues to be a hub for new generation, quieter aircraft and we’re delighted to be the first Australian airport to welcome the A350,” Sydney Airport chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said in a statement.

Sydney Airport advises that the best vantage point for members of the public wanting to see the aircraft will be on Ross Smith Avenue near General Holmes Drive.

MSN5 with Sydney’s iconic control tower in the background. (Airbus)

Comments (7)

  • Ron


    Welcome, friend.

    Did it get a water cannon salute, or is that reserved for the first commercial flight of a type to an airport?

  • quickstr


    it’s nice to see something out of the Airbus factory pleasant to the eyes

  • Tim Miles


    What a Beauty A350XWB Welcome to YSSY its much far better than the B787 in my own opinion. The A319neo,A320neo,A321neo,A330neo & Maybe in the Future there might be an A380neo gr8 job Airbus well done.

  • Tim Miles


    The A350XWB is the real DreamBus !!! 🙂

  • Greg


    What a great sight to see the fly over YSSY , Would be awesome up in business class.

  • Jeff Atkinson


    That’s a very good looking aircraft.I don’t think you can improve much more than that unless dramatically changing the whole frame and face.I have always thought that the 757 with winglets I.E American Airlines in the chrome livery was the sharpest tool in the box.We have another sharp tool !Congratulations Airbus ind.

  • Bobby


    Qantas should order this. Those 787s can take care of the 763s but with their situation, probably unwise to expand capacity with the 777X. Being geographically disadvantaged sitting here in Australia, there isn’t probably just a handful of routes that are very high volume, and they have the A380 for that purpose. Other than that, they don’t really need 744 sized planes. Would be interesting.

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