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Airbus brings the A350-900 to five U.S. cities including Oshkosh

Airbus (Toulouse) kicked off the U.S. leg of its tour of the Americas by arriving in Atlanta yesterday. The demo tour features a flight test version of the A350-900 XWB, which Airbus is showing off to investors and airlines in Atlanta, Newark, Chicago (O’Hare) and Milwaukee before the general public can experience the A350 XWB at EAA’s AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

While it is was in Atlanta, Delta Air Lines employees toured the aircraft, familiarizing themselves with its layout and features. For many of them it will be their first opportunity to get a closer look at what will become the newest member of its fleet in 2017, when Delta accepts the first delivery of its 25 A350 XWBs. Delta currently operates Airbus A319, A320 and A330 aircraft, with additional outstanding orders for each type.

The A350-900 that is in the U.S. this week is a flight test aircraft featuring a two-class cabin. It seats 42 in lie-flat, business-class seats, which are four abreast, and 210 economy-class seats. For passengers, the aircraft will provide new levels of comfort, with extra space in all classes. It features wider panoramic windows, larger overhead stowage compartments and the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF (msn 002) in the Caron Fiber livery is the tour aircraft.

Airbus starts the A350-900 XWB Americas tour in Sao Paulo

Airbus (Toulouse) is bringing the new Airbus A350-900 on a tour of the Americas. The A350-900 XWB, arrived in Sao Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport, officially kicking off the aircraft’s Americas Demo Tour.

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The Demo Tour will continue taking flight test aircraft msn 002 to other major airports in Latin America, stopping in Campinas, Brazil and Bogota, Colombia before heading to the United States.

Senior Airline representatives from TAM, the A350 XWB’s launch customer in the Americas, as well as personnel from other Latin American airlines, government officials and media, boarded msn 002 for a static display and demonstration flight over Sao Paulo.

LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has ordered 27 A350-900s. Synergy Aerospace, Avianca’s main shareholder and owner of Avianca Brasil, has ordered 10 A350 XWB.

The A350-900 that was displayed in Sao Paulo is an Airbus flight test aircraft fitted with a two class cabin with 42 lie-flat business class seats in a four abreast configuration and 210 economy-class seats set at nine abreast. The aircraft is also fitted with special on-board flight test equipment.

With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, 27 customers operate nearly 600 Airbus aircraft throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In May, Airbus celebrated its 500th aircraft delivery in Latin America.

Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF 9msn 002) in the Carbon Fiber livery is the Americas tour aircraft.


Airbus today begins passenger testing of the A350 with the help of Air France

Airbus (Toulouse) today (June 2) began actual passenger flight testing on its test Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF (msn 002). The manufacturer issued this statement:

As preparations continue for the A350 XWB’s first delivery later in 2014, Airbus is ensuring this next-generation widebody jetliner provides an unmatched cabin experience with the initial flight test carrying a full passenger load – which commenced today from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France.

While it is not part of the technical certification campaign, this evaluation – called an Early Long Flight (ELF) – marks an important step toward the A350 XWB’s commercial service entry, allowing Airbus to assess the cabin environment and related systems in a typical operating scenario.

Today’s ELF is being performed by the second of five A350 XWB test aircraft, designated msn 002. Airbus experimental test pilots are at the flight controls, while a crew from Air France tends to the passengers – made up of Airbus employees selected in recognition of strong work performance. The Air France crew was trained to operate the A350 XWB’s cabin – including public address systems, galleys and safety equipment – prior to this test activity.

Depending on weather conditions, the scheduled ELF flight path will take the aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean, as well as much of western and central Europe, before returning to Toulouse. This test aims to replicate a normal commercial flight according to ELF test director Christophe Bertrand, with confirming A350 XWB airport compatibility as one key objective.

Another focus will be observing the behavior of cabin systems. “We’ll be looking at everything from the in-flight entertainment system and overhead storage bins to the air conditioning and lavatories,” explained Bertrand ahead of today’s ELF take-off. “We also want the crew to experiment with their systems and see how they like the crew rest areas.”

Questionnaires to be filled out by passengers and crew will provide valuable feedback on such qualities as noise, air flow, comfort and ergonomics, as well as the A350 XWB’s many new cabin features – including its LED lighting system and in-flight entertainment.

The A350 XWB’s wide fuselage cross-section was designed for an optimum travel experience in all classes of service. Passengers will enjoy more headroom, wider panoramic windows and larger overhead storage space. With a cross-section of 220 inches from armrest to armrest, the jetliner’s cabin provides the widest seats in its category, being five inches larger than the nearest competitor.

In addition to providing the space for unmatched premium first class and business solutions, the A350 XWB allows for high-comfort economy seating in a nine-abreast arrangement, with Airbus’ standard 18-inch seat width.

Top Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF (msn 002) in the special “Carbon Fiber” livery arrives back at Toulouse on a previous test flight.

Middle Copyright Photo: Airbus. Air France flight attendants serve the volunteer passengers on board F-WWCF.

Air France-Airbus A350-900 Proving Flt Cabin (Airbus)(LRW)

Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus. Volunteer passengers are issued boarding passes and flight simulates a long-range airline flight.

Airbus A350 passenger ticket (Airbus)(LRW)


How to test an airliner to -40 degrees (C and F) in Florida

Airbus A350-900 F-WWCF (McKinley Cimatic Chamber)(Eglin AFB)(Airbus)(LRW)

Airbus (Toulouse) has completed hot and cold testing of its new Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF (msn 002) in Florida. The new airliner has completed this extreme weather testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida (Florida Panhandle). Airbus issued this statement and photo:

The first-ever testing of an Airbus aircraft at the U.S. Air Force’s McKinley Climatic Laboratory subjected the A350 XWB and its various systems and cabin installations to a full range of conditions for further maturity and operability verifications prior to this new jetliner’s delivery start-up later this year.

Airbus brought A350 XWB msn 2 to the facility at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for more than two weeks of evaluations this month, during which this developmental aircraft was subjected to multiple climatic and humidity settings from a high of 45 degrees C (113 degrees F) to as low as -40 degrees C (-40 degrees F).

Flight test director Philippe Foucault said the A350 XWB’s various systems – from in-flight entertainment and air conditioning to its galleys, water and waste systems – were validated while the A350 XWB was enclosed in the laboratory’s large hangar. Testing included operations with the engines running, which required the A350 XWB to be securely chained in place.

The A350 XWB is one the largest aircraft ever tested at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory, requiring the teams to start their preparations six months prior to arrival. “This is a one-of-a-kind tool, and the laboratory’s operators are masters of it,” Foucault said. “They made everything seem possible.”

Copyright Photo: Airbus.

Airbus A350 F-WWCF arrives in Florida for two weeks of testing

Airbus (Toulouse) has sen the pictured A350-941 F-WWCF (msn 002) to the McKinley Climatic Lab at Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle of Florida for two weeks of extreme weather testing. Airbus issued this statement:

In order to go beyond certification requirements and testing to the extremes the first ever Airbus A350 XWB to visit the United States, msn (manufacturer’s serial number) 002 has arrived at McKinley Climatic Lab at Eglin Air Force base in northwest Florida. Over the next couple of weeks the aircraft and its various systems and cabin installations will be subjected to the extreme hot and cold temperatures that the unique facility can sustain in a testing environment. These tests come on top of those already performed earlier this year in the Middle East and Northern Canada to ensure maturity and full in-service readiness from Day 1 for all A350 XWB’s operators.

There are currently four test aircraft flying in the A350 XWB program. Together they have accumulated around 1,600 flight test hours in more than 350 flights. The certification process for the program is progressing on schedule – certification is anticipated in the third quarter of 2014 with entry into service in the fourth quarter of this year.

Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF (msn 002) is painted in the eye-catching “Carbon Fiber” livery.


Airbus tests and unveils A350 cabin concepts

Airbus (Toulouse) has unveiled the A350 XWB’s development cabin interior installed on board flight-test aircraft msn 002 at the Airbus site in Hamburg. Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF (msn 002), which made its first flight on February 26, 2014, is the first of two test aircraft fitted with a passenger interior and is part of the growing A350 XWB development fleet. Intensive cabin flight and ground tests have already been performed during a two-week stay of the aircraft in Hamburg in mid-March 2014. The cabins of all Airbus aircraft are developed by the engineering and research teams based there. The new interior demonstrates how the aircraft’s “eXtra-wide” fuselage will soon offer passengers even more personal space, flexibility and comfort in business and economy classes, and especially, a wide 18” seat in 9-abreast economy.

Airbus A350-900 F-WWCF Test Cabin (Airbus)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Airbus. The test cabin of F-WWCF (msn 002).

A350 XWB msn 002 will be tasked with conducting a series of “Early Long Flights” with its cabin accommodating real passengers. ‘Hot and cold’ cabin trials will also feature in its busy test programme, which also includes validation of the advanced fourth-generation in-flight-entertainment (IFE). F-WWCF (msn 002) will soon be joined by the second cabin-equipped A350 msn 005, which will be tasked with route-proving flights around the world to the major destinations it will serve.

Airbus A350 Business Class Cabin (Airbus)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Airbus. Computer rendering of the Business Class cabin.

Together with the unveiling of the first A350 XWB test cabin, Airbus also inaugurated its dedicated A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre (CDC) where airline customers and operators will follow an efficient cabin design and definition process allowing shorter lead times. The CDC, which features individually tailored zones, enables the customers to see, feel and test the real catalogue solutions presented in a showroom environment, and in close cooperation with the risk-sharing partners. The centre also incorporates the innovative electronic “A350 XWB Configurator” – a virtual environment and modelling tool for accelerated cabin specification and visualisation. In short, the CDC is a “one-stop-shop” for airlines to establish their own A350 XWB cabin definition efficiently in one place.

Airbus A350-900 Business Class lighting (Airbus)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Airbus. The lighting in the projected Business Class section.

Notable passenger-pleasing features of the A350 XWB cabin which customers can evaluate for real in the CDC include the full cabin LED lighting with 16.7 million possible colors for customized ambiances and scenarios, or the various galley options. They will also be able to experience the wide array of fourth-generation IFE consoles and high-definition display options – for which the associated electronics boxes and connections are smartly integrated and combined with the aircraft’s unique flat floor architecture, thus freeing-up even more personal space, under the seat.

Airbus A350-900 Business Class seat (Airbus)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Airbus. The Business Class seat.

Visitors to the CDC’s full-scale mock-ups will also appreciate the aircraft’s near-vertical sidewalls, adding eXtra spaciousness to the cabin and the large overhead stowage bins to match growing hand-luggage volume requirements.

Airbus A350-900 Economy Class cabin (Airbus)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Airbus. The proposed Economy Class cabin.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions covering a wide range of capacities from 276 to 369 seats. This family, whose 221-inch wide internal cabin cross-section is optimized for full long-range passenger comfort in all classes, brings a 25 percent step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category. At the end of March 2014, the A350 XWB had won 812 orders from 39 customers worldwide.

Top Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. Test aircraft Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF (msn 002) in the “Carbon Fiber” livery arrives back at Toulouse.

Airbus rolls out its third Airbus A350, this one in a “Carbon” signature livery

Airbus A350-900 F-WWCF (14-Carbon Fiber CS)(Grd) TLS (Airbus-P-Pigeyre)(LRW)

Airbus (Toulouse) yesterday (January 2) rolled-out its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft (msn 002) from the paint shop in Toulouse.

The new type is expected to enter service in the fourth quarter of this year.

The pictured Airbus A350-941 F-WWCF wears a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials. This aircraft is also the first of two A350 flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior.

F-WWCF will join the A350 XWB flight test fleet in the coming weeks and will be the first A350 to transport passengers when it undertakes the Early Long Flights (ELF) later in the year.

Composite materials in Airbus aircraft have seen a step-by-step introduction that started with the A310 which was first rolled-out in February 1982. Benefiting from over 30 years of composite material experience, 53% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) including Airbus’ first carbon-fiber fuselage.

Copyright Photo: Airbus/P. Pigeyre.

Iran Aseman Airlines starts twice-weekly flights to Stockholm

Iran Aseman Airlines (Tehran) launched twice-weekly flights between Tehran and Stockholm (Arlanda) on September 1, delayed from the original planned date of May 2.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-311 EP-APA (msn 002) touches down at Arlanda Airport today. The wide body airliner now wears “Sponsor of Iran National Football Team” sub-titles.

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