The aircraft emerged from the paintshop in Toulouse on 13 May. (Picture © Airbus.)
The aircraft emerged from the paintshop in Toulouse on 13 May. (Picture © Airbus.)

This is the latest milestone on MSN001's route to first flight. 

The A350 XWB twinjet is the first Airbus aircraft to be over 50 wt% composite. It is scheduled to make its first flight this summer.

The aircraft was painted in less than seven days. This follows the recent completion of MSN001’s flight-test-instrumentation (FTI) verification.

Last month the aircraft underwent its engine installation, and passed a subsequent intensive phase of ground vibration tests. The aircraft will soon start the final tests before its maiden flight this summer.