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First A350-1000 successfully completes first flight
24 November 2016 Commercial Aircraft

First A350-1000 successfully completes first flight

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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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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

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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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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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A350-1000 First Flight push back and take off Philippe Masclet - Master Films
24 November 2016

A350-1000 First Flight push back and take off

Departing from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport’s Runway 32L in France, the A350-1000 began its flight test and certification programme with a maiden takeoff on 24 November

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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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A350-1000 First Flight - Airbus CEO Frederic Lancelot - Master Films
24 November 2016

A350-1000 First Flight - Airbus CEO

President and CEO Fabrice Brégier witnessing the no.1 A350-1000’s first flight

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

A350-1000 First Flight – air to air 005

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

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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

AIRBUS, RAMADIER Sylvain
A350 1000 First Flight Landing
24 November 2016

A350 1000 First Flight Landing

The first of three A350-1000 development aircraft to fly – MSN059 – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 15.00hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted four hours and 18 minutes.

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Flight test campaign benefitting from the A350-900 experience and maturity;

Three test aircraft to perform all flight testing in under one year;

Development on track for entry into service scheduled for the second half of 2017.

The first of three A350-1000 development aircraft to fly – MSN059 – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 15.00hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted four hours and 18 minutes.


The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Hugues van der Stichel, Experimental Test Pilot; Frank Chapman, Experimental Test Pilot and Gérard Maisonneuve, Test-Flight Engineer. Furthermore, monitoring all the test parameters at the Flight-Test-Instrumentation (FTI) station behind the cockpit were: Patrick du Ché, Head of Flight & Integration Tests; Emanuele Costanzo, Head of A350 Development Flight Tests; and Stéphane Vaux, Flight-Test Engineer.


Powered by Rolls-Royce’s new Trent XWB-97 engines, the aircraft traversed south-western France, during which the crew explored the aircraft’s handling and flight envelope. The aircraft was accompanied by a chase plane to observe and film the various manoeuvres. Its progress was monitored by experts on the ground in real-time via a direct telemetry link.


Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said: “We have seen today the world’s most modern and efficient passenger aircraft – the A350-1000 – in action for the very first time, adding soon to the successful A350 Family. My congratulations and thanks go to all the teams who have contributed to make today’s flight happen.” He added: “We are equally pleased that many customers have witnessed this important milestone today together with us – here from our headquarters in Toulouse.”


Benefitting from the experience of the original A350-900 test campaign (accomplished in 2014), the A350-1000’s development programme will be shorter – under one year for the three aircraft. MSN059’s duties for performance testing will include exploration of the flight envelope, handling qualities, loads and braking. The second aircraft to fly, MSN071, will also be tasked with performance evaluation, which will encompass braking, powerplant, systems and autopilot. The third and final aircraft to fly – MSN065 – will be equipped with a cabin and will evaluate the cabin and air systems. MSN065 will also perform the “early long flights” and route-proving. The overall campaign will culminate in the type’s certification followed by its entry into airline service in the second half of 2017 with first operator Qatar Airways – the largest A350-1000 customer to date with 37 on order.


The A350-1000 is the latest member of the Airbus leading widebody family, together with the A330neo, offering unprecedented levels of operating efficiency, low noise and true long-range capability. As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900, the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. The A350-1000 embodies all of the fuel efficiency and ‘Airspace’ cabin comfort of the original A350-900 – but with extra size perfectly tailored for our customers on some of their busiest long-haul routes. To date 11 customers from five continents have placed orders for a total of 195 A350-1000s.


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22 November 2016 France

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 ...

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