1 A Flight Into The Future

A Flight Into The Future

Let’s visit a new A350-900 XWB (MSN3) jetliner which is related to a family of new-generation aircraft that corresponds to the requirements of the market perfectly due to the size, range and comfort.

The first flight took place in October 14, 2013.

Test equipment is installed inside the jetliner.

An engineering station is occupied by Airbus specialists who register any basic parameters reflected on the monitor during the flight. It is actually the brain of the jetliner where all the data from the engineering station arrive.

Another additional station.

The jetliner underwent several tests. One high-altitude flight test occurred in Bolivia, La Paz. La Paz International Airport is the highest international airport in the world, being at an elevation of 13,325 feet above sea level. The test will help to collect data on engine operating characteristics.

Low temperature trial was undertaken in Canada. During the test temperature was down to -28C. They checked flight performance of the plane. The trials included: APU and engine starts after cold soak; verifying system behavior; low-speed taxi and aborted take-offs.

Island of Martinique was chosen to carry out high temperature trials.

Currently, 2 planes such as MSN1 and MSN3 undergo trials. They performed 200 flights with total duration of 1000 hours. According to the test program, 1500 more hours are left.

Five planes participate in test flight in total. Two of them have a cabin and will be used in a set of tests with passengers aboard.


MSN2 and MSN4 (Qatar Airways) will join the program of test flights in the nearest future. Thus, MSN5 will start its flight in spring. certification of the plane is planned for the III quarter of 2014. It was ordered by Qatar Airways.

Total amount of orders for A350 accounts for 812 machines. The majority of companies are represented by foreigners.

A350 was ordered by a Russian company, too. Aeroflot ordered 22 planes.

Cabin windows.

Escape exit.

The glass of this side window is divided into two parts. The upper part is magnifying. What can it be for?

Conditioning system.

And do you have an idea of what it can be? Located in the remote part of the cabin.

The A350 XWB family includes three models such as А350-800 (276 passengers), А350-900 (315 passengers) and А350-1000 (369 passengers).

The planes can accomplish continuous flights at the distance of 15,700 km.


The cabin of A350 XWB is the most spacious one even as compared to Boeing 787. It encompasses 35 armchairs increasing profitability by 10%.

Modern design also means larger space above the passengers’ heads, etc.

А350 XWB is the most soundless two-engine airplane in the world.

Over 70% of the construction is made of highly technological materials including composites (53%) and aluminum alloys of new generation.

A350 above the Singapore Strait during a demonstration flight.


Anybody can have a look at the cabin.

This part can be transformed into a keyboard or a small table easily.

The model demonstrates a new cabin.

On Thursday the plane will have the longest flight (14.5 hours).


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One response to “A Flight Into The Future”

  1. Jean says:

    Russian airplanes suchs as Tupolev and Iljoesjin are just as CAPABLE to build planes like this and it brings also forward the technological knowledge of Russia.

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