The A350-1000 begins its flight test and certification programme

Airbus made history with the successful first flight of the longest-fuselage member in its A350 XWB jetliner family: the A350-1000, which now enters a fast-paced test and certification programme ahead of the 2017 service entry. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofan engines, the A350-1000 traversed southwestern France during the maiden checkout aloft – performed 24 November 2016 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport – during which the six-member crew explored the widebody aircraft’s handling qualities and opened its initial flight envelope.