Airbus confirms A350 first flight for Friday

Airbus has scheduled the A350’s maiden flight for June 14, the company said Tuesday.

The flight will take place at 1 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, depending on weather conditions. The A350 will take off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport.

The A350 flight crew is carrying out the final checks on the A350. The European jetmaker named the first flight crew members last week, following a successful run of the A350’s Rolls-Royce engines.

Airbus has a nine-month flight test program planned for the A350 XWB. The company expects to deliver the first A350 in the second half of 2014. The A350 program has won 613 orders.

The A350’s first flight will take place days before the Paris Air Show where Airbus and Boeing will compete for orders.

Boeing said Monday that it will have two 787s in Paris, one will fly daily. The Chicago-based company will be talking to airlines about both a larger version of the 787, the 787-10, and an updated 777, called the 777X. Boeing hasn’t committed officially to building either.

Airbus’ A350 family of aircraft compete both with the 787 and the 777.

More in Herald Business Journal

Amazon lists 20 finalists for HQ2, and no, we aren’t on it

Los Angeles was the only West Coast city listed. They seem to like the nation’s capital.

Exotic animals find compassionate care in Bothell (video)

At the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine, vets treat snakes, hedgehogs and even kangaroos.

Don’t take economic forecasts to the bank — or the casino

Air travel delays could spur a rebirth of passenger rail service.

Emirates orders 20 more Airbus A380 jumbos, saving program

The Dubai carrier also has options to buy 16 more. The program seems safe until 2029.

How do you retrieve an errant Boeing 737 from a muddy slope?

Turkish authorities used cranes to lift a plane that skidded off a runway.

Amanda Strong (left) tries on an Angel of the Winds Arena hat as she and Courtney Brown hand out gift bags after the renaming ceremony Dec. 13 in Everett. The new name replaces the Xfinity name. (Andy Bronson / Her file)
Angel of the Winds to break ground on $60M casino expansion

“We think we’re on the cusp of becoming a major resort.”

House passes bill aimed at lowering gender wage gap

The bill would hinder employers from retaliating against female workers who ask about others’ pay.

Planemaker joins forces with auto-industry supplier Adient

The new venture poses a threat to Zodiac Aerospace and Rockwell Collins

In this Dec. 20, 2017, photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Amazon’s potential HQ2 sites leaves many cities disappointed

Associated Press Amazon’s move to whittle its list for a second headquarters… Continue reading

Most Read