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A350 MSN2 Rolls Out Of Paint Hangar Sporting A Special Carbon Livery

January 2, 2014 - Airbus rolled-out its third A350 XWB (extra wide body) flight-test aircraft, MSN2, from the paint shop in Toulouse, marking yet another successful milestone on the path to entry-into-service in Q4 2014. 

As well as featuring a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials, this aircraft is also the first of two A350 flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior. 

MSN2 will join the A350 XWB flight test fleet in the coming weeks and will be the first A350 to transport passengers when it undertakes the Early Long Flights (ELF) later in the year. 


Composite materials in Airbus aircraft have seen a step-by-step introduction that started with the A310 which was first rolled-out in February 1982. Benefiting from over 30 years of composite material experience, 53% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) including Airbus’ first carbon. 

The Airbus A350 XWB is a long-range, two-engined wide-body jet airliner. The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. The A350 will carry 250 to 350 passengers in a typical three-class seating layout, or maximum seating of 440 to 550 passengers, depending on variant. 

Airbus reports the A350 will be more fuel-efficient and have an 8% lower operating costs than the competing Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The launch customer for the A350 is Qatar Airways, which ordered 80 aircraft of all three variants. It is projected that the development costs will run as high as US$15 billion. The airliner is scheduled to enter airline service in mid-2014.



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