Airbus doubles A350 test fleet

The number of flying A350 XWB developmental aircraft doubled from two to four on 26 February 2014 with the simultaneous maiden flights of MSN2 and MSN4 in France, with MSN4 painted partly in the colours of its launch customer Qatar Airways (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)
The number of flying A350 XWB developmental aircraft doubled from two to four on 26 February 2014 with the simultaneous maiden flights of MSN2 and MSN4 in France, with MSN4 painted partly in the colours of its launch customer Qatar Airways (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)

The A350 XWB flight test aircraft, MSN2 and MSN4, have both taken to the skies above Toulouse in France on 26 February 2014 for their respective first flights, bringing the total number of A350 XWBs now flying from two to four.

To date, the first two A350 XWB test aircraft to fly, MSN1 and MSN3, have already performed close to 1100 flight test hours out of the program’s total 2500 hours planned for certification.

MSN2, with its special “carbon” inspired livery, will be the first A350 XWB test aircraft to feature a full passenger cabin. This allows Airbus to start testing and validating all the cabin and passenger related systems. As part of these cabin tests, MSN2 will carry the first A350 XWB passengers during the Early Long Flights (ELF) in spring.

Airbus has released a full series of photographs of which we at AIRheads↑Fly made a small selection.

Source: Airbus

Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft's maiden flight  (Image © P. Pigeyre / Master Films / Airbus)
Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft’s maiden flight (Image © P. Pigeyre / Master Films / Airbus)
The maiden flight begins in Toulouse, France for Airbus’ A350 XWB MSN4 developmental aircraft, which bears the combined colours of Airbus and A350 XWB launch customer Qatar Airways  (Image © P. Pigeyre / Master Films / Airbus)
The maiden flight begins in Toulouse, France for Airbus’ A350 XWB MSN4 developmental aircraft, which bears the combined colours of Airbus and A350 XWB launch customer Qatar Airways (Image © P. Pigeyre / Master Films / Airbus)
Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft's maiden flight  (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)
Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft’s maiden flight (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)
Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft's maiden flight  (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)
Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft’s maiden flight (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)
Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft's maiden flight  (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)
Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft’s maiden flight (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)