WATCH: World’s newest jetliner Airbus A350-1000 in first test flight

2016-11-24 11:00 - Selene Brophy
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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.

SEE: African Union passport will see #AfriTravel spend rise by 24%

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.

Said to be the most powerful engine ever made for airbus, it will provide additional payload capability and range, along with 97,000 lbs. of thrust on take-off. Airbus says with these specially-tailored Trent XWB powerplants, the A350-1000 will be capable of supporting the development of long-haul routes for emerging markets such as Shanghai-Boston or Paris-Santiago, as well as more traditional flight segments as Manchester-Los Angeles or Dubai-Melbourne – all while burning 25 percent less fuel than its nearest competitor.

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