A350XWB visits five U.S. cities on its first Americas demo tourPrint
After a successful visit to Brazil and Colombia in South America, Airbus A350XWB flight test aircraft MSN 2 arrived in Atlanta on 13th July to begin a five city tour of the U.S. which lasted until 22nd July. In just nine days Airbus’ newest widebody visited Atlanta, Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Milwaukee and Oshkosh airports, performing a mix of static displays and demo flights. At both Atlanta Hartsfield –Jackson International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, staff from Delta Air Lines and United Airlines were able to see the A350XWB up close, in specially planned hangar events. Both of these airlines have A350 models on order – Delta will start taking the first of their 25 A350-900s in 2017, while United will start to receive the first of their 35 larger capacity A350-1000s one year later, in 2018.
Demo tours followed by a three day residency at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow
Two demo tours were undertaken for industry VIPs from the airline, leasing, investor and appraiser communities – one from Newark and one from Chicago O’Hare. The A350XWB generated a large amount of aviation and general press coverage, and the tour culminated with a guest-star appearance at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow in Wisconsin. During the three days that the A350XWB was at the EAA event, it performed three aerial displays and while on static display, it was opened up for cabin visits. Several thousand airshow attendees were able to see the interior of the aircraft first-hand. For more comments, pictures and videos of the A350XWB’s U.S. Demo Tour, check-out Airbus’ North American Twitter account @AirbusInTheUS (https://twitter.com/airbusintheus)
A350XWB MSN 2’s interior
MSN 2 – with its special “carbon” inspired livery – first flew on 26th February 2014 and was the first flight test aircraft to feature a full passenger cabin, featuring 42 four abreast lie-flat, business-class seats and 210 economy-class seats in a nine abreast Comfort Economy layout, offering passenger preferred 18 inch seat width. This aircraft was used to test and validate all cabin and passenger related systems and went on to perform a series of early long flights during the spring of 2014.
Links to Youtube videos
- The A350XWB’s U.S. demo tour video: https://youtu.be/MSzr1bpRf90
- Airbus A350XWB visits EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 video: https://youtu.be/RghLja1AQ8M