An important step towards the A350’s maturity at entry into service was performed on 2 June with the first of two Early Long Flights (ELFs) that carried Airbus employee passengers and airline cabin crew.
Using the no. 2 A350 XWB development aircraft (MSN002), the flight provided a realistic evaluation in typical operating conditions, including passengers’ use of the in-flight entertainment system, food service and boarding.
It was performed as a round-trip from Airbus’ Toulouse-Blagnac headquarters airport, covering some 6,800 km. while overflying France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the UK, before returning to Toulouse.