Airbus Carries Out First A350 XWB Virtual Flight

Airbus has completed the first A350 XWB cabin virtual flight; the virtual flight is used to test cabin systems and equipment maturity at entry-into-service, confirming the operability and allowing the OEM to access human factors in conditions as close to reality as possible. The five-hour test was carried out in Hamburg using ‘Cabin 0’ – a ground-based representative section of A350 XWB fuselage which features the cabin systems found on the real aircraft. Two airline pilots, eight cabin crew and 129 passengers were involved in the virtual flight and tested flight phases such as boarding, meal service, stowing luggage, and various systems including LED lighting and intercom.

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