Monday, May 13, 2013

PHOTO SPECIAL: Airbus completes paintwork on first A350 XWB


The first Airbus A350 XWB is now painted [Photo: Airbus]
The first Airbus A350 XWB is now painted [Photo: Airbus]
Airbus has done a great job at keeping everyone updated with the latest A350 XWB developments.

A week back, lighting strike tests were performed on the forthcoming aircraft (click here for the story / photos) and now another milestone has been completed, with paintwork completed on the first A350 XWB (“MSN001”)!

To celebrate, I’ve included a photo of the aircraft with its special Airbus livery, fresh from the paint shop in Toulouse. And there’s a whole photo album on my Facebook page – click here to view it - plus check out the links to more photo galleries below.

The aircraft painting was achieved in less than seven days and shows that MSN001 is progressing well on its route to first flight.

Next, MSN001 will start the final tests before its maiden flight this summer. And speculation is growing about whether it will appear at this year’s Paris International Airshow or not… watch this space as we try to find out!


16 comments :

  1. She is a beauty!

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  2. That's a big sweep on those wings... going more for speed than low/short runway takeoffs ? Would love to know the estimated cruising speed...

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  3. WOW, that's fast and on schedule!

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  4. It's said an aeroplane that looks right flies right. In my opinion, the A350 XWB looks a little better than the B787.

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  5. Richard Khan Jr.May 14, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Blatant copy of the 787 but competing against the 777. Airbus will behind again when the 777X comes out in the next few years.

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  6. Guillermo Urena-RuizMay 14, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    It looking amazing.

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  7. Daniel Marc EvansMay 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Thing of beauty, isn't it? LOVE the swept wings and sharp nose.

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  8. She is a beauty. Looks even nicer than Dreamliner.

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  9. So nice, thanks for posting the photos.

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  10. Really fantastic airplane, optimized: Safety, technogical, ergonomic and fuctional desing.

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  11. Really fantastic airplane: Technology,ergonomic design,engineering Safety and efficiency functional.

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  12. This modern aircraft of the Airbus Industrie A350 deserves the best presentation, both in painting and in the demonstration flight, which would please me Tolousse attend because several times since Aerocondor Airlines when flying the A300-B4-10 in 1976 I wanted to attend a demonstration of this great modern aircraft manufacturer. Best of luck.
    ALVARO SEQUERA DUARTE

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  13. Thanks for sharing this, be great to see this one day at Stansted Airport.

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  14. Wow! What an ugly aircraft! Trying to copy Boeing again. After the Air France crash, I refuse to step one foot on a Scarebus!

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    1. The Air France crash was due to crew error, there was no fault found with the aircraft. Kindly get your facts right before indulging yourself in bigoted scaremongering !

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    2. Good looking bird, should keep the competition honest !

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