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02 June 2014
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus A350XWB embarks on Early Long Flights in typical operating conditions, with airline crew and Airbus employee passengers

A350 XWB EARLY LONG FLIGHT – BOARDING 4
A350 XWB EARLY LONG FLIGHT – BOARDING 4 H.GOUSSE/MASTERFILMS, H. Goussé
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03 June 2014

A350 XWB EARLY LONG FLIGHT – BOARDING 4

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

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19 October 2016

First "passenger" experience in the A350 XWB’s early long flight

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.

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The Airbus A350 XWB has started a campaign of Early Long Flights with cabin crew and passengers. The A350 (MSN 002) test aircraft equipped with cabin, took off on the first of two Early Long Flights from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at 09.20hrs (local). The two flights will be operated in a real airline environment with Air France and Lufthansa cabin crew.
Covering all types of flight conditions, the flights will be completed during the week with almost 250 passengers on board comprising Airbus employees, and some 30 cabin experts from Airbus and equipment manufacturers.
The Early Long Flights are not part of the technical certification programme but remain an important step towards the A350's maturity at entry into service.
A350 XWB EARLY LONG FLIGHT – BOARDING 4
 

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

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