Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Airbus Confirms Plan to Test-Fly A350 Friday: WSJ

Updated June 11, 2013, 2:13 p.m. ET

By DAVID PEARSON
The Wall Street Journal



Airbus confirmed a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday that the first flight of its new A350 wide-bodied aircraft is set for Friday from the aircraft maker's headquarters in Toulouse, France, if weather conditions permit.

The A350, which competes directly with Boeing Co.'s Dreamliner and 777, will undergo a strenuous flight-testing program involving 2,500 flight hours over the coming year. It is slated to enter into service with launch customer Qatar Airways in the second half of 2014.

The plane, which will be able to carry between 270 and 350 passengers in a three-class layout, will lift off from Toulouse airport at around 10 a.m. central European time, Airbus said.

Airbus is a unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co.

Source:  http://online.wsj.com

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