Airbus A350 XWB: the fifth in final assembly

Airbus let in to the assembly line the fifth A350 XWB, the last one of the series intended for the flight testing.
While the testing program accumulated almost 500 hours of flight with MSN1 and MSN3 besides more than hundred flights, three sections of the twin-engine jet MSN005 arrived on November 4th, 2013 to Toulouse, where they joined the final assembly line. 


With a first flight planned from spring, 2014, MSN5 will be the second A350 equipped with a complete cabin which can welcome passengers, employees of Airbus being requisitioned for the long flight testings or Early Long Flights (there will be undoubtedly more volunteers than elected representatives). The cabin and its systems and equipment will so be tested in "almost realistic" conditions to make sure that the set is ready for the start. The plane will also be loaded of Route Proving, to demonstrate to the certification authorities that it operates perfectly in airports.
Let us remind that the final assembly of MSN2 must be finished in next January, the first one to be equipped with a complete cabin (for the tests of system, air-conditioning and evacuation), with to the program of the endurance testing. MSN4 will take off one month later and will concentrate on the avionics. Only MSN1 will stay in the hands of Airbus, four other A350-900 being re-configured for airline companies customers - is 39 operators this day, for a total of firm orders upper to 760.
The first delivery is planned in the second half of 2014 to the company Qatar Airways, of which the CEO AKBAR al Baker asserted a few days ago that the program is "on time" - while suggesting that new orders are planned, probably during Dubai Show which opens its doors next Monday, which should concern neither A380 nor the future Boeing 777X.