Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB made a strong first impression with “passengers” during two successful Early Long Flights this week, which both took off and landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France.
An important step towards the A350's maturity at entry into service was performed on 2 June with the first of two Early Long Flights (ELFs) that carried Airbus employee passengers and airline cabin crew. Using the no. 2 A350 XWB development aircraft (MSN002), the flight provided a realistic evaluation in typical operating conditions, including passengers’ use of the in-flight entertainment system, food service and boarding. It was performed as a round-trip from Airbus’ Toulouse-Blagnac headquarters airport, covering some 6,800 km. while overflying France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the UK, before returning to Toulouse.
The A350 XWB’s successful Early Long Flight evaluations – which were performed 2-3 June 2014 from Toulouse, France – are highlighted with comments from their passengers, consisting of Airbus employees selected in recognition of strong work performance. Operating the MSN002 developmental aircraft in typical airline conditions with cabin crews from Air France and Lufthansa (two of the A350 XWB’s current customers), the Early Long Flight campaign is part of Airbus’ commitment to ensuring the next-generation jetliner’s maturity at service entry – which is planned for the fourth quarter of 2014.
The passengers for Airbus’ first A350 XWB Early Long Flight – which was successfully ib performed 2 June 2014 – board the next-generation widebody jetliner in Toulouse, France