The Airbus A350-1000 has touched down in Sydney as part of its 30,000nm demonstration tour across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.
The A350-1000, MSN065 F-WLXV, touched down in Sydney at around 1025 on Saturday evening. The aircraft is expected to be demonstrated to Qantas and Virgin Australia executives before departing for the next leg of its tour, Auckland, on Monday afternoon.
F-WLXV began its 12-city trip on January 26, with its first destination after departing from Toulouse the Qatari capital Doha. It has since visited Muscat and Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
The A350-1000 is 73.78m in length, 6.98m longer than the A350-900, and is designed to fly 7,950nm carrying 366 passengers, 41 more passengers than the A350-900 which is already flying with a number of airlines.
No airline in Oceania has ordered the A350, although the widebody twin is an increasingly common sight at local airports thanks to services operated by Cathay Pacific (Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth), China Airlines (Sydney), Qatar Airways (Adelaide), Singapore Airlines (Brisbane and Melbourne) and Thai Airways (Melbourne).