Singapore Airlines second A350-900XWB (9V-SMB) had completed its Customer Acceptance Flight on the 12 April 2016 while the third (9V-SMC) is awaiting for its first flight at the flightline.
During the Singapore AirShow, we were honoured to be allowed on board the Airbus A350XWB. The cockpit is the office of all pilots.
All the new generation aircraft featured a glass cockpit, doing away from the mechanical dial instruments from yesteryears. The A350XWB cockpit design principles are derived from A380.
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.
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.
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.