Posted on: 14 October 2013 by Mark Howells
The second A350 XWB to fly, MSN3, has successfully completed its first flight – which lasted approximately five hours – from Toulouse Blagnac Airport.
The aircraft was flown by Airbus test pilots Frank Chapman and Thierry Bourges, accompanied in the cockpit by test flight engineer Gérard Maisonneuve, while three flight test engineers – Tuan Do, Robert Lignée and Stéphane Vaux – monitored the progress of the flight profile.
The first A350 XWB to fly (MSN1) has to date flown approximately 330 flight test hours in almost 70 flights. These flights have been devoted to the identification and freeze of all flap and slat configurations, loads and aeroelastic testing and evaluation of the aircraft’s handling characteristics and systems’ operation throughout the operational envelope. Three more A350 XWB test aircraft will join MSN 1 and 3 to perform the planned 2,500 hours up to Type Certification.
The A350 XWB has 725 firm orders from 37 customers worldwide including Aer Lingus and long-haul, low-fare operator, AirAsia X.