Cape Town - The world’s newest jetliner, the Airbus A350-1000, will perform its very first flight on Thursday morning and aviation enthusiasts can following along this exciting journey.
And there is a #ProudlySA element to it too!
The aircraft features fuselage and wing components made in South Africa by Centurion-based Aerosud as well as satellite communications equipment manufactured in Westlake, Cape Town by Cobham South Africa.
The take off happened between 09.00 - 10.00 GMT (i.e. 11.00 - 12.00 South African time), with the landing is expected between 13.00 - 14.30 GMT (i.e. 15.00 - 16.30 South African time).
Follow the LIVE STREAM on Periscope here or you can track it on FLIGHT RADAR here
Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose to tail, the A350-1000 – scheduled to enter service in 2017 – is the longest-fuselage version of Airbus’ all-new family of widebody jetliners, which is designed for high efficiency, maximum reliability and optimised performance.
According to Airbus, it has a typical three-class configuration, featuring Airbus’ 18-inch-wide economy class seats for modern comfort, the A350-1000 seats a total of 366 passengers, while it has capacity for a higher-density layout to accommodate up to 440 passengers.
Combined with a range of 7 950 nautical miles, it represents a significant revenue-generating advantage for operators - which should ultimately affect ticket pricing and the overall cost of travel.
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Powering the A350-1000 will be higher-thrust Trent XWB engines from manufacturer Rolls-Royce, which will allow this largest A350 XWB to attain even greater levels of efficiency.
WATCH: The first Airbus A350-1000 being painted:
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