The first of three A350-1000 development aircraft has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 3 pm local time after successfully finishing its very first travel which lasted four hours and 18 minutes, announced Airbus.
The new A350 variant, A350-1000 is the largest and most efficient twin engine plane which can cover a total of 366-440(higher-density layout) passengers, with two powerful Trent XWB engines manufactured by Rolls-Royce, it has a range of up to 14,600 km (9072.01 mi), depending on the configuration airlines choose.
Fabrice Brégier about the A350-1000
There are already 810 total A350 XWB orders from 43 customers. The A350-1000 is designed for high efficiency, maximum reliability and optimized performance.
Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said: “We have seen today the world’s most modern and efficient passenger aircraft – the A350-1000 – in action for the very first time, adding soon to the successful A350 Family. My congratulations and thanks go to all the teams who have contributed to make today’s flight happen.” He added: “We are equally pleased that many customers have witnessed this important milestone today together with us – here from our headquarters in Toulouse.”
The A350-1000 has a length of 73.78 m, height 8.17 m and a wing span of 64.75 m. The A350-1000 seats a total of 366 passengers in a typical three-class configuration, or up to 440 in a higher-density layout.
The engine provides extra payload capability as well as range, together with 97,000 lbs. of thrust on take-off – making it the strongest engine ever developed for an Airbus aircraft. With such specially-tailored Trent XWB powerplants, the A350-1000 will be capable of supporting the development of long-haul routes for emerging markets such as Shanghai-Boston or even Paris-Santiago, as well as more traditional flight segments as Manchester-Los Angeles or Dubai-Melbourne – all while using up 25 percent significantly less fuel than its nearest rival.