|The first Airbus A350 XWB is now painted [Photo: Airbus]|
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!
- PHOTOS: Airbus completes lightning strike tests on A350 XWB
- PHOTOS: First look at Airbus A350 XWB with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines
- PHOTOS: First Airbus A350 XWB with wings complete emerges for outdoor testing