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A350-1000 Testing: Early Long Flight


Passengers aboard the A350-1000 during the variant’s first Early Long Flight. Photo: P Pigeye/Airbus

Airbus has completed another step in A350-1000 testing with the first Early Long Flight for the variant.

Test aircraft MSN065 took off from and landed in Toulouse on May 11 after a 12-hour flight with 310 passengers on board, including ten Airbus Flight Test crew members and 13 Virgin Atlantic cabin crew.

The passengers tried out cabin systems, including air conditioning, lighting, acoustics, in-flight entertainment, galleys, electrics, washrooms and water waste systems.

An Airbus statement said: “Though not part of the technical certification programme, the Early Long Flight allows Airbus to assess cabin environment and systems in-flight


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