Airbus is today celebrating the maiden flight of its A350 XWB aircraft.
The latest large, long-range, twin-engined aircraft took its first flight from Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 10.00 hours local time. The momentous first flight follows 2,500 hours of flight-testing using five A350 XWBs.
The aircraft is offered in three versions, seating between 270 and 350 passengers, it will use 25 per cent less fuel and emit 25 per cent less CO2, according to its manufacturer.
Airbus has so far taken 613 firm A350 XWB orders from 33 customers worldwide.
The A350-900 variant is due to be certified variant by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities prior to its entry into service in the 2H 2014 with launch customer, Qatar Airways.