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26 February 2014
Commercial Aircraft

A350 XWB flying test fleet doubles size

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A350XWB-MSN2-take-off MASTER FILMS 2013, Hervé Goussé
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26 February 2014

A350XWB-MSN2-take-off

MSN2, which performed its maiden flight from Toulouse, France on 26 February 2014, is the first A350 XWB developmental aircraft to feature a full cabin – enabling Airbus to start testing and validating all the new jetliner’s cabin- and passenger-related systems

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MSN2 landing Artem Tchaikovski, A. Tchaikovski
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26 February 2014

MSN2 landing

Completing a milestone first flight, A350 XWB developmental aircraft MSN2 – which will carry the first A350 XWB passengers during Early Long Flight (ELF) testing in spring – touches down in Toulouse, France

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MSN2 and MSN4 perform their first flights same day

 
19 October 2016

A350 XWB testing: MSN2 and MSN4 take flight!

The number of flying A350 XWB test aircraft doubled from two to four on 26 February 2014 with the simultaneous maiden flights of MSN2 and MSN4 -both of which were performed from Toulouse, France. MSN2 is the first developmental aircraft to feature a full passenger cabin, allowing Airbus to begin validating all related systems; while MSN4 will be used for multiple test activities - including low-weight flight envelope certification and external noise measurements among others.

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The A350 XWB flight test aircraft, MSN2 and MSN4, have both taken to the skies above Toulouse, France today for their respective first flights, bringing the total number of A350 XWBs now flying from two to four. 
To date, the first two A350 XWB test aircraft to fly, MSN1 and MSN3, have already performed close to 1100 flight test hours out of the programme’s total 2500 hours planned for certification.
MSN2, with its special “carbon” inspired livery, will be the first A350 XWB test aircraft to feature a full passenger cabin. This allows Airbus to start testing and validating all the cabin and passenger related systems. As part of these cabin tests, MSN2 will carry the first A350 XWB passengers during the Early Long Flights (ELF) in spring.
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MSN2, which performed its maiden flight from Toulouse, France on 26 February 2014, is the first A350 XWB developmental aircraft to feature a full cabin – enabling Airbus to start testing and validating all the new jetliner’s cabin- and passenger-related systems

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