This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
We’re very familiar with the Airbus A350-900, which is now flying with a handful of carriers, including Cathay Pacific, Qatar, Singapore and Vietnam. But the -900 is not the only variant that Airbus has planned — there’s also a shorter A350-800 version, and the extended-length A350-1000, which took to the skies for the very first time earlier today.
Aviation journalist Jason Rabinowitz was on site in Toulouse today, and captured a video (above) of the first test flight.
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) November 24, 2016
The plane took off at 10:42am local time with two pilots, an engineer and three technicians to monitor the aircraft’s performance during its first flight. The -1000 is 7 meters (23 feet) longer than the A350-900, with space for an extra 40 passengers. 11 airlines have committed to this variant, with 195 total orders to date.
Featured image courtesy of Marina Lystseva/Getty Images.
Have you flown the Airbus A350?
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||16.24%-23.24% Variable||Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95||0%||Excellent Credit|