New Pilots

Third A350-1000 Prototype Takes to the Skies

2017 02 08

Airbus has flown the 3rd and last A350-1000 prototype on its first mission, marking the latest milestone in a program as the manufacturer pushes to hand over the largest A350 type to Qatar Airways before the end of the year.

The aircraft, MSN65, took off from Toulouse on February 7, the manufacturer announced via its social account.

Equipped with a full seating lay-out, the third A350-1000 airplane, MSN065, will be dedicated to all tests related to the cabin and will perform route proving flights to test the certified range of the aircraft for ETOPs certification (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards).

Airbus is now on track to have the A350-1000 certified in Q3 of 2017 with a planned delivery of its first aircraft to launch customer Qatar in Q4 2017.

As the largest of the new three-member family of composite-bodied airliners, the A350-1000 measures some 74 meters long and carries 366 passengers (+40 seats compared to the A350-900) in a typical three-class configuration. Powered exclusively by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB 97 turbofans, it flies to a range of 7,950 nautical miles. It is designed for high efficiency, maximum reliability and optimized performance while offering passengers best-in-class comfort with its "Airspace by Airbus" cabin.