reached another milestone on its path to entry-into-service for the A350 XWB, as the third flight test aircraft, MSN2, rolled out of the paint shop in Toulouse Thursday, Jan. 2.
The third Airbus A350 XWB flight test aircraft, MSN2, the first A350 that will carry passengers. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.
The latest flight test aircraft features a carbon signature livery, which Airbus says reflects the A350's primary contraction from advanced materials. According to the company, 53 percent of the A350's airframe is made from carbon fiber reinforced polymer and the first carbon-fiber fuselage used in an Airbus airframe.
MSN2 is the first flight test aircraft to feature a full passenger cabin interior, and will be the first A350 XWB to transport passengers when it begins the Early Long Flights (ELF) stage of testing later this year. Launch customer Qatar Airways is scheduled to enter the A350 into service in the fourth quarter.