The A350 flights will be operated by Airbus
flight crews with the participation of
Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The tests form
part of the last trials required for aircraft
Type Certification scheduled for Q3 this year.
The first airline delivery, to Qatar Airways,
will follow towards the end of the year.
The three week trial (four trips) starts in
Toulouse, France. Trip one, includes
destinations such as Canada via the north-pole
and Frankfurt. Trip two to Asia, the world’s
fastest growing aviation market, includes visits
to Hong Kong and Singapore.
The third trip brings the aircraft to
Johannesburg and to Sydney. From Sydney it will
fly to Auckland, followed by Santiago de Chile
and Sao Paulo before returning to Toulouse.
On the fourth and final trip, the A350
will depart from Toulouse to Doha, then onto
Perth and back to Doha. From Doha it will fly to
Moscow, then to Helsinki from where it will fly
back to Toulouse.