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March 2016

Cathay Pacific first A350-900XWB First Flight

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Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-941 cn 029 F-WZFX // B-LRA

On 24 March 2015 1053am French time, Cathay Pacific first A350-900XWB (Registration number B-LRA) took off from Toulouse for the first time. It underwent a 5 hours flight, mostly over Bay of Biscay.

The highest altitude it reached during the test flight was 43,000ft and a speed of 566 knots.  

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Cathay Pacific first A350-900 (B-LRA; MSN:29) completed RTO

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Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-941 cn 029 F-WZFX // B-LRA

Cathay Pacific first A350-900XWB with the registration number B-LRA, MSN 29 underwent a RTO test under the Airbus registration number F-WZFX on 23 March 2016.  An RTO is the acronym for Reject Take Off. During RTO, the aircraft cruises down the runway, before it reaches V1,the pilots will brake the aircraft to a stop.

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Singapore Airlines A350 (9V-SMA) Cabin

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Singapore Airlines' A350-900 (9V-SMA) has been flying the  SIN-KUL route at this moment for crew familiarisation. This aircraft takes over one of the A330 during this period. In May 2016, this aircraft will be flying the SIN-AMS route.

From photos provided by our readers, we could see the different between this in commercial service aircraft as compared to Airbus MSN 2 which is the Airbus's test aircraft.

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