A350 first flight good news for US suppliers

Jun 14, 2013 | 04:43 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  airbus sas, A350 XWB, Boing 787, Spirit, UTC, ADI, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — The maiden flight of the A350 on June 14 marked a milestone not only for Airbus SAS but also for a number of major U.S. contractors, among them suppliers of titanium parts and components.

The A350 XWB (extra-wide body), the world’s newest twin-aisle airliner, landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France four hours and five minutes after taking off—kicking off about 2,500 hours of test flying with a fleet of five development aircraft in preparation for the model’s entry into service in the second half of 2014. ....

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