A ceremony at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, marked the handover of Transaero Airlines’ initial Airbus A321 aircraft, which was delivered as part of the Russian carrier’s contract with ICBC LeasingJulia Kuzmina, @TRANSAERO Julia Kuzmina
Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB completed its four-trip route-proving campaign – which is designed to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations and is part of the final stage toward certification. On its fourth trip, this highly-efficient jetliner made stops in Doha, Qatar, Perth, Australia, Moscow, Russia and Helsinki, Finland to wrap up a campaign that amassed some 81,700 naut. mi. in approximately 180 flight hours. The A350 XWB performed as expected and on schedule at each destination, and is expected to achieve Type Certification in the third quarter of 2014.