Airbus Rolls Out First Painted A350

The first painted A350 (MSN 001) has rolled out of Airbus' facility in Toulouse. The paint-work, in Airbus livery, took just under a week. The A350 programme recently gained its flight test instrumentation (FTI) verification. Last month it underwent its engines installation and subsequently passed ground vibration tests. Rolls-Royce will provide two engines within the Trent XWB family to power the three A350 variants. Speaking at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Asia in Tokyo, Jim Sheard, SVP of customer strategy and marketing at Rolls-Royce, said regarding the Trent XWB programme: "At peak production, we will produce a new engine every day." The A350 currently has 616 firm orders from 34 customers including six lessors. This includes Air Lease Corp (ALC), which ordered 25 and Emirates, which has orders for 70 and options for 50. British Airways has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 15 A350-1000s. MSN 001 will soon start final tests before its maiden flight this summer. Its launch customer is Qatar Airways, which ordered 80 of the aircraft across three variants.

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