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04 June 2014
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First passengers experience A350 XWB

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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Summary

Airbus confirms A350 XWB maturity in typical airline operating conditions

 
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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19 October 2016

Airbus’ A350 XWB shines during its two Early Long Flights

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.

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The A350 XWB MSN2 completed successfully the “Early Long Flight” campaign involving two flights with passengers operated consecutively by Air France and Lufthansa cabin crews on June 2nd and June 3rd. 
Early Long Flights are an important achievement towards the A350’s entry into service. Though not part of the technical certification programme, these flights allow Airbus to assess the cabin environment and systems in flight ahead of final certification ensuring that airlines will benefit from a fully mature aircraft from day one of commercial operations.
Both A350 XWB Early Long Flights took off from and landed in Toulouse. The first flight, a day time flight, took place on Monday 2nd June and lasted seven hours, while the second one, an overnight flight lasting twelve hours, left Toulouse on Tuesday 3rd June and landed on 4th June. 
During the flights, 500 passengers, comprising Airbus employees, and some 30 cabin experts from Airbus and equipment manufacturers, were first to experience the Xtra wide comfort of the A350 XWB. During the flights these early passengers were tasked to try out and test the A350 XWB cabin systems, including air conditioning, lighting, acoustics, in-flight entertainment (IFE), galleys, electrics, toilets and water waste systems. 
The Early Long Flights were carried out with MSN2, one of the two A350 XWB test aircraft fitted with a cabin and which seats 252 passengers in a comfortable business and economy layout. These flights were operated as any standard airline service.
The A350 XWB’s certification testing is progressing well, and is on track for certification in Q3 2014, to be followed by entry into service in Q4. The first four A350s now flying have together accumulated around 1900 Flight test hours and over 440 flights. The flight-test fleet will be completed with the fifth aircraft, MSN005, in the coming weeks.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions covering a wide range of capacities from 276 to 369 seats. This family, whose 221-inch wide internal cabin cross-section is optimized for full long-range passenger comfort in all classes, brings a 25 percent step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category. At the end of May 2014, the A350 XWB had won 812 orders from 39 customers worldwide.
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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