The aviation world watched with anticipation live on June 14th 2013 as Airbus chief test pilot Peter Chandler took the first A350-900XWB F-WXWB (msn 001) into the air from Toulouse Blagnac for the maiden flight. The Airbus A350XWB is the world’s most efficient large twin-engined commercial aircraft equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent turbofan engines and designed to use 25 per cent less fuel providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. Rigourous flight testing will enable certification by EASA and the US FAA airworthiness authorities before delivery to the launch customer Qatar Airways in the latter part of 2014. To date the A350-900 XWB can boast 613 firm orders from 33 airlines worldwide. Many years of computerised design and wind tunnel testing have resulted in an unusual new look to the nose of the aircraft with beautiful shaped winglets.
The Inflight200 team decided in late 2013 to add the Airbus A350-900XWB to their ever increasing range of airliner types available, and chose Farnborough International Airshow 2014 in the UK to launch their first release in the new "MAX" series of airliner models. The directors of Inflight200 were privilaged to get an invite from Airbus Group for a guided tour of the Airbus A350XWB at Farnborough by experimental test pilot for Airbus Frank Chapman, between his interviews with the UK deputy Prime Minister and the CEO of Rolls Royce. Frank Chapman was extremely impressed with the accuracy of the new A350XWB model with wing flaps down and slats extended, commenting that this was the configuration that they flew the aircraft in the flying display. The directors were invited onto the flightdeck by Frank Chapman for a photo shoot with the new A350XWB model before meeting up with Chief Test Pilot for Airbus Peter Chandler in the hospitality suite where each pilot was presented with a complimentary model for their collection back in the experimental offices in Toulouse.
Our sincere gratitude to Airbus Group for their interest and hospitality for the launch of the first in a new series of Inflight200 "MAX" models the Airbus A350XWB. The "MAX" series now offers more and sets new standards in keeping one step ahead in model manufacture with a purchasing option of flaps in the up or down configuration with undercarriage or in the flight mode complete with a stand. Many hours of hard work was endured by the Inflight200 management team lead by Bob Cass in China to get all the correct wing angles, fuselage diameters, nose shape and correct detail.
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