Another New Airbus A350 Takes to the Skies Above France
We’re not quite in love with the latest airplane from the folks over at Airbus just yet, but that’s because we’re just getting our first peek of what it has to offer—let’s just say we’re still getting to know one another. However, our fondness has begun to blossom, as another A350-900 recently finished one of its first flights.
This is actually plane number two that has rolled off the assembly line, as this plane did its thing on October 14 over at the testing facility at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.
Obviously they’re looking for all kinds of stuff during these first flights—like the plane’s ability to takeoff and land without a problem. Specifically it’s all about airplane avionics like flap and slat configurations and how the plane handles operations up in the air and on the ground.
The plan for Airbus is to show airlines that their new plane is just as good—if not better—than the competition over at Boeing and their 787. Initial claims suggest that the A350 might be a little better at guzzling jet fuel and that it would cost less to operate.
So far so good for the planes and people over at Airbus, as it sounds like things are still on schedule for a delivery during the second half of 2014. However, as we know from Boeing’s delivery schedule in the past, things are still very much subject to change.