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12 May 2017
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus puts the A350-1000’s in-flight comfort and operability to the test

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – cabin 2
A350-1000_Early Long Flight – cabin 2 Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – cabin 2

In-flight meal service put the A350-1000’s food service galleys to the test during the stretched-fuselage A350-1000 variant’s Early Long Flight

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – preflight MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE Herve - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – preflight

Airbus utilised one of three A350-1000s employed in the jetliner’s test and certification programme for the Early Long Flight to confirm this A350 XWB version’s cabin comfort and systems maturity

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – boarding Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – boarding

Coming aboard the A350-1000 at Airbus’ headquarters location in Toulouse, France, Airbus employees are welcomed as passengers for the A350-1000’s Early Long Flight, which put the stretched fuselage A350 XWB variant’s cabin systems through their paces during 12 hours aloft

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – takeoff MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE Herve - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – takeoff

Taking off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, the A350-1000 begins its Early Long Flight, which traced a 12-hour flightpath around Europe, enabling passengers to evaluate the jetliner’s cabin systems in realistic conditions

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – cockpit 2 Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – cockpit 2

Piloting the A350-1000 during its Early Long Flight was an experienced Airbus flight crew

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – cabin 3 Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – cabin 3

Airbus passengers were joined by company engineers as they tested everything from the in-flight entertainment system and overhead bins to the lavatories during the A350-1000’s Early Long Flight

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – flight 1 Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – flight 1

The A350-1000’s Early Long Flight, taking off from and landing back at Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters location, was operated as closely as possible to a typical airline trip

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – preflight 3 Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – preflight 3

Based on their contributions to the A350 XWB’s development, manufacture and assembly, Airbus employees were selected to be aboard the A350-1000 during its Early Long Flight

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – preflight 4 Airbus, PIGEYRE Pascal - MasterFilms
12 May 2017

A350-1000_Early Long Flight – preflight 4

Airbus employees were the passengers for the A350-1000’s Early Long Flight, which departed from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France and returned to the same location 12 hours later

Airbus has taken another step in shaping the future of air travel with its Early Long Flight for the A350-1000, which put this A350 XWB stretched-fuselage variant through its paces during 12 hours aloft. 
The Early Long Flight, performed yesterday from Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters location, was operated as closely as possible to a typical airline trip, from catering before take-off to onboard service for the 287 passengers seated in business and comfort economy cabin zones. 
Passengers were Airbus employees, chosen based on their contributions to the A350 XWB’s development, manufacture and assembly. They were joined by company test engineers in utilizing everything from the in-flight entertainment system and overhead bins to the lavatories. Providing the on-board service was a 13-member cabin crew from Virgin Atlantic Airways, which is one of 12 customers ordering A350-1000s to date. 
This Early Long Flight was all about comfort on board for passengers and operability for the airline crew, with the ultimate goal to ensure full cabin maturity at entry into service. The passengers provided crucial feedback from a user’s point of view, and the Virgin Atlantic Airways personnel assessed cabin and in-flight systems from an operator’s viewpoint. 
A round-trip over Europe for the A350-1000’s Early Long Flight
The extended-duration trip utilised one of three A350-1000s employed in the Airbus’ test and certification programme for the jetliner. Departing from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport for the circular flight plan, the aircraft overflew 13 countries – covering southern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, then traversing central Europe on its way to the Nordic countries, followed by a flightpath over the North Sea, Great Britain and Ireland, then rounding the coasts of Portugal and Spain before returning to Toulouse. 
Designed for upsized efficiency, A350-1000 variant is seven metres longer than the A350-900 version, which began airline service in 2015. With its stretched fuselage, the A350-1000 accommodates 40-plus more seats in a typical three-class configuration.   
The A350-1000 will enter airline operations before the end of this year, offering the same long-range and comfort advantages as the A350-900 – benefitting from the A350 XWB’s proven absolute well-being aloft and the latest in cabin in-flight entertainment, connectivity, lighting and systems.
A350-1000_Early Long Flight – cabin 2  
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