LOS ANGELES The
last of three fuselage sections for the final aircraft in
Airbus SAS A350 XWB test fleet has arrived at the
companys assembly line in Toulouse, France, where it is
The second test
aircraft to include a passenger cabin, the "MSN5" is slated to
fly for the first time in the spring of 2014.
Two previously built
A350 XWB test aircraft have already accumulated more than 500
hours of testing on over 100 test flights. The first delivery,
to Qatar Airways, is scheduled for the second half of 2014.
Airbus has more than
760 orders for the A350, which is seen as the primary rival to
Chicago-based Boeing Co.s 787 Dreamliner.
Meanwhile, the first
group of 10 assembly employees for Airbus first U.S.
final assembly facility in Mobile, Ala., which broke ground in
April, reported for work last week. The group will train
locally for two months before training for up to nine months
alongside workers at Airbus assembly line in Hamburg,
Germany. Mobile is due to begin producing Airbus
A320-family single-aisle airliners in 2015.