The A350 XWB MSN2 completed successfully the so-called two “Early Long Flights” with passengers operated consecutively by Air France and Lufthansa cabin crews on 2 and 3 June 2014.
Early Long Flights not part of the technical certification program, but are helpful in getting the A350’s into service. The flights allow Airbus to assess the cabin environment and systems in flight ahead of final certification.
Both A350 XWB Early Long Flights took off from and landed in Toulouse. The first flight, a day time flight, took place on 2 June and lasted seven hours, while the second one, an overnight flight lasting twelve hours, left Toulouse on Tuesday 3 June and landed on 4 June.
During the flights, 500 passengers, comprising Airbus employees, and some 30 cabin experts from Airbus and equipment manufacturers, were first to experience the comfort of the A350 XWB. During the flights these early passengers were tasked to try out and test the A350 XWB cabin systems, including air conditioning, lighting, acoustics, in-flight entertainment (IFE), galleys, electrics, toilets and water waste systems.
The Early Long Flights were carried out with MSN2, one of the two A350 XWB test aircraft fitted with a cabin and which seats 252 passengers in a comfortable business and economy layout. These flights were operated as any standard airline service.
The first four A350s now flying have together accumulated around 1900 Flight test hours and over 440 flights. The flight-test fleet will be completed with the fifth aircraft, MSN005, in the coming weeks.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long-range product line comprising three versions covering a wide range of capacities from 276 to 369 seats. At the end of May 2014, the A350 XWB had won 812 orders from 39 customers worldwide.