The no. 1 A350 XWB aircraft for global launch customer Qatar Airways – which has 43 A350-900s and 37 A350-1000s on order – takes to the skies for the first time prior to its delivery. (Picture © Airbus.)
The no. 1 A350 XWB aircraft for global launch customer Qatar Airways – which has 43 A350-900s and 37 A350-1000s on order – takes to the skies for the first time prior to its delivery. (Picture © Airbus.)

The flight was the first time an A350 XWB configured for a customer has taken to the sky.

The A350 XWB is the first Airbus aircraft with a structure that is over 50% advanced composite materials. Carbon fibre/epoxy prepreg is used to manufacture all composite primary structures of the aircraft, including the fuselage panels, keel beam, wing and the empennage

Following the successful flight, Qatar’s A350 XWB will continue its production phase before delivery. This includes cabin completion as well as further ground and flight tests.

Qatar Airways will become the first operator of the Airbus A350 XWB when it takes delivery of its first aircraft later this year. The airline has 80 A350s on order, including 43 A350-900 and 37 of the larger A350-1000 models.