On Thursday January 2, Airbus rolled-out its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2, from the paint shop in Toulouse, marking another milestone on the path to entry-into-service in Q4 2014. As well as featuring what Airbus describes as a “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials, this aircraft is also the first of two A350 flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior.
MSN2 will join the A350 XWB flight test fleet in the coming weeks and will be the first A350 to transport passengers when it undertakes the Early Long Flights (ELF) later in the year.
Airbus says the A350 benefits from over 30 years of composite material experience. 53% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) including Airbus’ first carbon-fibre fuselage.
Photo caption: A350 XWB MSN2 with ‘Carbon’ signature livery. (Airbus)