Airbus A350 XWB "MSN1" Has Successful First Flight
June 17, 2013 11:02 AM
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The next step is to have the MSN1 fully certified for commercial flight in about 12 to 13 months
Airbus is breathing a sigh of relief now that it can say it had
its first successful flight
of the A350 XWB family.
The A350 XWB "MSN1" made its first flight last Friday from Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France. It took off about 10 a.m. local time and landed four hours later.
According to Airbus, the maiden voyage was a complete success with
from start to finish.
"After the first few minutes, it didn't feel like we were doing a first test flight," said Peter Chandler, chief test pilot for Airbus. "It was so relaxed and so predictable."
Other comments included how comfortable the ride was and how quiet the MSN1 was. Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy said that people living near airports will no longer have to hear planes taking off with the A350s.
The A350 XWB takes flight
“I congratulate the whole A350 XWB development team for having completed the first flight preparation in a record time. I also wish to thank the first flight crew today for taking this aircraft where it wants to be – in the sky," said Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier. “I would also like to extend my gratitude to all our teams in the design offices, at programme and manufacturing level, the ground crews as well as our colleagues in airlines and suppliers and many others who helped define this all-new aircraft. The A350 XWB which has flown today, integrating the latest available technologies, is now entering the final stage of its development. And it is ready. Ready to head towards certification and entry-into-service in the second half of next year.”
Now that the first flight is complete, the next step is to have the MSN1 fully certified for commercial flight in about 12 to 13 months.
Last year, Airbus also mentioned wanting the A350 XWB to make its first flight ahead of the Paris Air Show (which runs June 17-23), but it hasn't said anything about sending the plane to the show.
Airbus' A350 XWB is a family of wide-body, long-range jet airliners that are the first Airbus with wing structures and fuselage made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. The XWB stands for "extra wide body," and it uses 25 percent less fuel and an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to other aircraft in its size category.
The A350 XWB, which was first announced in 2006 (with the MSN1 unveiled on May 13, 2013), includes the A350-800, the A350-900 and the A350-1000 in its family. They seat 270, 314 and 350 passengers respectively, and are meant to compete with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and 777s.
Airbus' road to success with the A350 hasn't been easy. When it was first introduced, Airbus simply took its popular A330 jet and gave it a new engine in order to quickly respond to the unveiling of the Boeing 787. Airlines complained, saying it was an easy way out instead of a new, efficient design.
To be fair, the 787 has had some troubles too. Earlier this year, it experienced many issues with electrical fires, battery issues and fuel leaks that landed all the 787s until an investigation cleared up the situation.
Many of Boeing's issues have been fixed with solutions like a steel box to enclose the lithium ion batteries, a duct to vent gases outside the aircraft and new battery chargers.
United Airlines has already put its 787s back in service
, and All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines Co. and LOT Polish Airlines SA started flying 787s commercially the first week of June.
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6/18/2013 9:16:45 AM
As others have stated the 350XWB is not really in the same space as the 787, but the 777 as airlines requested. The long range larger capacity and super capacity designs represent the Airbus view that hub and spoke air travel will continue as the model going forward. The 787 long range smaller capacity design represents the Boeing view that future air travel will be largely direct point to point, at least from any mid-sized and up locations.
One thing seems clear; it will be one or the other and whoever is wrong in their guess will have a very steep curve to climb to get caught up with the other.
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