Airbus has commenced the flight-test campaign for the A350-1000 with the variant becoming airborne for the first time at Toulouse. The aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, lifted off at 10.42 local time. It marks a crucial step in the airframe’s attempt to enter the big twin sector, in the 350-400 seat category, following its previous development of the smaller A300 and A310, the A330 and the A350-900. The A350-1000 will typically seat 366 passengers and Airbus is marketing the aircraft as having a range of 7,950nm. The wing is modified from that on the -900, with an extended trailing edge, and Rolls-Royce enhanced the power plants to deliver 97,000lb thrust rather than the previous 93,000lb. Airbus is nearing 200 orders for the A350-1000, two-thirds of them picked up since the 2011 design overhaul.
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