Airbus SAS has scheduled the maiden flight of its A350 XWB
airliner for June 14, in time for next weeks Paris Air
Airbus SAS said the
new airliner, a rival to Chicago-based Boeing Co.s 787
Dreamliner, will take off, "weather conditions permitting,"
from the Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwest France. The
flight, which follows the initial run of the planes
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines (
amm.com, June 5), is "on track" with the program
schedule, Airbus said.
While Airbus has been
reported to be aiming for a flyby during next weeks
aerospace industry show, a company spokeswoman in Herndon, Va.,
said this "has not yet been determined."
a unit of Leiden, Netherlands-based European Aeronautic Defence
& Space Co. NV, has 613 firm orders for the A350, which
cost $15 billion to develop and is expected to enter service in
2014. The twin-aisle aircraft, which will come in three
versions seating 270 to 350 passengers, is said to consume 25
percent less fuel than the previous generation of