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24 November 2016
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Xtra! Xtra! Airbus’ A350-1000 jetliner completes its historic first flight

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A350-1000 First Flight – air to air 036 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
24 November 2016

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The A350-1000 is powered by two Trent XWB-97 turbofan jet engines – the most powerful version of Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB powerplants developed for the A350 XWB family

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24 November 2016

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As with the shorter-fuselage A350-900 version, Airbus’ A350-1000 jetliner’s fuselage is built with carbon-fibre reinforce plastic (CFRP) and is sized at a 221-inch cross-section

A350-1000 First Flight – air to air AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
24 November 2016

A350-1000 First Flight – air to air

The no. 1 A350-1000’s first flight included verification of the aircraft’s basic handling qualities with its landing gear extended and retracted

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24 November 2016

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The A350-1000 is powered by two Trent XWB-97 turbofan jet engines – the most powerful version of Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB powerplants developed for the A350 XWB family

A350-1000 First Flight – air to air 005 AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
24 November 2016

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The no. 1 A350-1000’s first flight included verification of the aircraft’s basic handling qualities with its landing gear extended and retracted -

A350 1000 First Flight take off 005R Airbus, DOUMENJOU Alexandre - MasterFilm
24 November 2016

A350 1000 First Flight take off 005R

The no. 1 A350-1000’s maiden takeoff – performed in France from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport’s Runway 32L on 24 November – initiated a fast-paced certification campaign leading to the first airline deliveries of Airbus’ longest-fuselage A350 XWB version in the second half of 2017

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24 November 2016

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As with many of the Airbus jetliners that proceeded it, the no. 1 A350-1000 performed its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France

A350-1000 First Flight - crew disembarking MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE Herve - MasterFilms
24 November 2016

A350-1000 First Flight - crew disembarking

The Airbus flight test crew acknowledges the crowd of employees, managers, airline representatives, suppliers, news media personnel and others who gathered at France’s Toulouse-Blagnac Airport for the A350-1000’s first flight

A350-1000 First Flight - crew welcome by Airbus management MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE Herve - MasterFilms
24 November 2016

A350-1000 First Flight - crew welcome by Airbus management

President and CEO Fabrice Brégier is welcoming the flight test crew after completion of the A350-1000’s maiden flight, conducted from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France

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22 November 2016

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The crew for Airbus’ A350-1000 first flight (from left to right): experimental test pilot Frank Chapman– flight test engineer Stéphane Vaux– Patrick du Ché, head of flight and integration tests– flight test engineer Gérard Maisonneuve– Emanuele Costanzo, head of the flight test division’s energy group– and experimental test pilot Hugues van der Stichel

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24 November 2016

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Airbus’ no. 1 A350-1000 begins its taxi to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport’s Runway 32L in preparation for the maiden take-off of this stretched-fuselage A350 XWB jetliner version

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24 November 2016

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The no. 1 A350-1000 performed its first flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France, home to final assembly lines for Airbus’ A350 XWB, A330, A380 and A320 Family jetliners

A350-1000 First Flight take off 019 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE Herve - MasterFilms
24 November 2016

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As with many of the Airbus jetliners that proceeded it, the no. 1 A350-1000 performed its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France

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24 November 2016

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The no. 1 A350-1000, manufacturer’s serial number MSN059, is one of three aircraft that will participate in the A350-1000’s flight test and certification programme

The maiden flight of Airbus’ A350-1000 – the latest member of the all-new A350 XWB widebody family that is shaping the future of long-haul airline operations – has initiated a fast-paced test and certification programme leading to the jetliner’s service entry next year.
During more than 4 hours aloft today, this longest-fuselage version of the A350 XWB demonstrated the performance and efficiency that will be appreciated by airline and aircraft leasing customers worldwide – 11 of which already have ordered 195 A350-1000s from the Middle East, North America, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Performing today’s initial in-flight evaluation from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France was the aircraft bearing the Manufacturing Serial Number 59 (MSN059) – one of three jetliners that will participate in the A350-1000 flight test and certification campaign. 
Range, comfort, capacity and efficiency combined
Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose to tail, the A350-1000 is offering a maximum range of 7,950 nautical miles. It is designed for high efficiency, maximum reliability and optimised performance while offering passengers best-in-class comfort with its “Airspace by Airbus” cabin. 
The A350-1000’s longer fuselage translates to greater capacity, seating 366 passengers (+40 seats compared to the A350-900) in a typical three-class configuration, and answers market needs with a larger premium area to accommodate first class and business class travellers.
Further enhancing the A350-1000’s efficiency are its latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofan jet powerplants – the world’s most efficient large aero engines flying today.
Deliveries of the A350-1000 are planned to begin in the second half of 2017 with launch customer Qatar Airways (which has ordered 37 aircraft). Other carriers that have booked A350-1000s are United Airlines (with 35 on order), Cathay Pacific (26), Etihad (22) British Airways (18), LATAM (14), Japan Airlines (13), Asiana Airlines (10), Air Lease Corporation (9), Virgin Atlantic (8), and Air Caraïbes (3). 
The A350-1000 and A350-900: shared family traits
The A350-1000 builds on the success of Airbus’ shorter-fuselage A350-900 that entered service in January 2015 and is operated today by nine airlines, which are flying nearly 50 of these jetliners on routes around the globe.
Both A350 XWB versions benefit from an all-new fuselage – built with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) and sized at a 221-inch cross-section for more personal space and exclusive in-flight experience in all classes of service – and they share an unprecedented level of commonality, with 95 per cent common systems part numbers and the same type rating for pilots.
The A350-1000 and A350-900 bring together the very latest in aerodynamics – such as their unique morphing wings designed to reduce drag and lower fuel burn – and advanced technologies for a 25 per cent step change in operating cost compared to its current long-range competitor, underscoring that it is the “Xtra” that makes the difference.For additional information on the A350-1000’s first flight, see the press release.
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The A350-1000 is powered by two Trent XWB-97 turbofan jet engines – the most powerful version of Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB powerplants developed for the A350 XWB family

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