Airbus A350-1000 embarks on global demonstration tour

Airbus A350-1000 embarks on global demonstration tour

The A350-1000 has embarked on a three-week demonstration tour to the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific regions.

The tour follows the completion of a successful flight test campaign, which lasted less than one year and culminated in joint EASA and FAA type certification.

The A350-1000 tour comes ahead of the first customer delivery to Qatar Airways in the coming weeks.

During the tour, the A350-1000 flight test aircraft (MSN065) will visit 12 destinations to demonstrate the aircraft’s features to airlines.

The itinerary will see it travel over 30,000 nautical miles, with stops in Doha, Muscat, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Hanoi, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Manila.

The aircraft will stop for several days in Singapore, where it will be on static display from February 6th-8th at the Singapore Airshow.

MSN065 is one of the three Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft and is equipped with a fully functional cabin (40 business class, 36 economy plus class and 219 comfort economy class seats).

The demonstration flights will be operated by Airbus flight test crews.

The A350-1000 is the latest member of the A350 XWB family, showing high level of commonality with the A350-900 with 95 per cent common systems part numbers.

As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900 (in a typical three-class configuration), the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.