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Airbus completes its round-the-world A350 test flight

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement about the series of worldwide test flights for its new A350-900:

The world’s newest widebody airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has successfully completed a series of Route Proving trials, receiving an enthusiastic welcome at each of the 14 cities it has visited over the past three weeks. At the technical Route Proving the aircraft must demonstrate its readiness for airline operations on a global scale. This last series of trials is required for Type Certification, which is expected in Q3 this year.

The A350 XWB completed its Route Proving after landing in Toulouse, France on August 13th (17:00 UTC) coming from Helsinki, Finland. The exercise took the flight test aircraft, msn 005, across the globe on an impressive 20-day trip flying over the North Pole, each ocean and stopping at 14 major international airports world-wide. During its World Tour, the aircraft flew approximately 81,700 nm /151,300 km in some 180 flight hours, with all flights performing on schedule. The aircraft was operated by Airbus flight crews as well as Qatar flight crews on the route from Doha to Perth, Moscow and Helsinki. The Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency also participated and flew the aircraft on two legs.

A major highlight was the trip from Johannesburg Tambo International Airport, located at 5,558 feet (1,694m) above sea level, to Sydney, demonstrating the A350’s excellent performance at high altitude airports. The flights from Johannesburg to Sydney and Auckland to Santiago de Chile demonstrated also its capability to fly ultra-long-haul routes or Extended range Twin Operations (ETOPS).

“The aircraft has performed remarkably well confirming the high level of maturity that it has been demonstrating all the way during our development and certification tests. We are set for the Type Certification in the coming weeks, as planned”, said Fernando Alonso, Senior Vice President Flight & Integration Tests, and added: “I truly believe that the aircraft is fit to enter into service and perform to the expectations of our Customers.”

The technical Route Proving commenced on July 24th in Toulouse/France and comprised the following destinations: Frankfurt, Singapore and Hong-Kong. On the third trip, the aircraft visited Johannesburg, Sydney, followed by Auckland, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo. The fourth and final journey included Perth followed by Doha, Moscow and Helsinki.

At each destination, the A350 XWB performed as expected and on schedule. Checks were made on standard maintenance as well as typical airport operations and compatibility. The automatic landing capability of the A350 XWB was also successfully demonstrated during a local flight performed at Johannesburg.

The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus Widebody product line. Offering its customers a 25% reduction in fuel-burn, the all-new mid-size long-range A350 XWB Family comprises three versions from 276 to 369 seats. The A350 has carbon fibre fuselage and wings and sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. Airbus A350-941 F-WWYB (msn 005) arrives back at Toulouse.

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Airbus A350-941 F-WWYB embarks on the first round-the-world certification trip

Airbus A350-900 F-WWYB (Around the World)(Tail)(Airbus)(LRW)

Airbus A350-941 F-WWYB (msn 005) took off this morning from Toulouse for the final stage of certification.

According to Airbus, “these Route Proving tests are designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations and will include high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and handling services. Some flights will have passengers on board. The A350 world tour itinerary includes 14 major airports worldwide and one route via the North Pole.”

The world tour using A350 msn 005 test aircraft forms part of the route proving for certification campaign. The aircraft is one of the fleet of five test aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business class and 223 economy class seats). The A350 flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews with the participation of Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The tests form part of the last trials required for aircraft Type Certification scheduled for Q3 this year.

The first airline delivery, to Qatar Airways, will follow towards the end of the year.

The three week trial (four trips) starts in Toulouse, France.

Trip one, includes destinations such as Canada via the north-pole and Frankfurt.

Trip two to Asia, the world’s fastest growing aviation market, includes visits to Hong Kong and Singapore.

The third trip brings the aircraft to Johannesburg and to Sydney. From Sydney it will fly to Auckland, followed by Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo before returning to Toulouse.

On the fourth and final trip, the A350 will depart from Toulouse to Doha, then onto Perth and back to Doha. From Doha it will fly to Moscow, then to Helsinki from where it will fly back to Toulouse.

Today five development A350s are flying and are actively involved in the intensive flight test program, which has already reached over 540 flights and 2,250 flight hours.

At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.

The tour:

Trip one: Toulouse-Iqaluit-Frankfurt-Toulouse
Trip two: Toulouse-Hong-Kong-Singapore-Hong-Kong-Toulouse (Hong Kong to Singapore several times)
Trip three: Toulouse-Johannesburg-Sydney-Auckland-Santiago de Chile-Sao Paulo-Toulouse
Trip four: Toulouse-Doha-Perth-Doha-Moscow-Helsinki-Toulouse

Copyright Photo: Airbus. F-WWYB carries special “Around the World” sub-titles.

Map:

Airbus A350 Route Proving Map

Airbus celebrates 40 years of the A300 in service

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued tho statement regarding the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Airbus A300 with Air France (Paris):

Airbus is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the entry into service of its first aircraft – the A300B – operated by Air France as the launch customer.

Air France A300B2 delivery (Airbus)(LR)

Above Copyright Photo: Airbus. The first A300 is handed over to Air France.

Today leading the aviation industry, Airbus was focused at the very outset on innovation, by designing the A300B as the world’s first twin-engine widebody.

Moreover, the success of that program and the philosophy to innovate has been the cornerstone of Airbus’ ongoing success story.

Starting in 1974, 878 A300/A310 Family aircraft have been manufactured. Even today, over 400 of these are still in service with 65 customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A300B2-1A F-BVGA (msn 005) is beautifully portrayed in the original 1974 livery at the Paris (CDG). The A300 was delivered to Air France on May 10, 1974.

Air France: AG Slide Show

OLT Express Germany shuts down and ceases all operations

OLT Express Germany (Bremen) following the lead of OLT Express Poland, ceased all operations yesterday (January 27) due to financial difficulties and a reported disagreement with its owner, Panta Holdings. Panta Holdings was not interested in injecting more capital into the struggling carrier.

The regional carrier operated SAAB 2000 turboprops (above) and Fokker 100s (below).

Read the full report (in German) from Aero Telegraph: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. SAAB 2000 D-AOLB (msn 005) arrives at Zurich.

Bottom Copyright Photo: OLT Express. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) D-AOLG (msn 11452) poses for the camera.

OLT Express (Germany) F28 Mk 0100 D-AOLG (11)(OLT Express)(LR)

OLT Express (Germany): AG Slide Show

OLT Express (Germany) logo-3

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