The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions
Dan Catchpole | dcatchpole@heraldnet.com
Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 1:36 p.m.

Airbus edges closer to first flight of A350

  • On Sunday, Airbus powered on the engines to the first A350 XWB that will fly this summer.

    Airbus

    On Sunday, Airbus powered on the engines to the first A350 XWB that will fly this summer.

Airbus is preparing its A350 XWB for the jet's maiden flight, naming on Tuesday the pilots and engineers who will carry out the flight.

Over the weekend, Airbus powered on the A350's Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines for the first time in preparation for first flight.

The company hasn't revealed the date of the A350's first flight though speculation is high the aircraft will fly before or during the Paris Air Show, which runs June 17 to 23.

Airbus' John Leahy told Aviation Week the A350 will fly "when we're ready to do it."

First flight will kick off a nine-month flight test program on the A350. Airbus plans for the first A350 to enter commercial service in the second half of 2014. The jet maker has won 616 orders for its mostly composite A350.

Airbus has launched an A350 XWB magazine, which can be viewed on tablets by downloading the A350 XWB app.

Story tags » BoeingAirbus

Sign up for HeraldNet headlines Newsletter
See sample | Privacy policy

Most recent Aerospace blog posts

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

» More business