Airbus edges closer to first flight of A350

Airbus is preparing its A350 XWB for the jet’s maiden flight, naming on Tuesday the pilots and engineers who will carry out the flight.

Over the weekend, Airbus powered on the A350’s Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines for the first time in preparation for first flight.

The company hasn’t revealed the date of the A350’s first flight though speculation is high the aircraft will fly before or during the Paris Air Show, which runs June 17 to 23.

Airbus’ John Leahy told Aviation Week the A350 will fly “when we’re ready to do it.”

First flight will kick off a nine-month flight test program on the A350. Airbus plans for the first A350 to enter commercial service in the second half of 2014. The jet maker has won 616 orders for its mostly composite A350.

Airbus has launched an A350 XWB magazine, which can be viewed on tablets by downloading the A350 XWB app.

More in Herald Business Journal

With surging Amazon stock, Bezos now worth more than $100B

It’s the first time anyone has crossed the $100 billion threshold since 1999.

Small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack

“Put yourself into the community more and the money will come back to you.”

Even in the Amazon era, Black Friday shows stores are alive

Industry analysts are watching how the nation’s malls fare this holiday shopping season.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials reports faked quality data

The company makes components used to make autos, aircraft and electricity generation equipment.

Restaurant owners finding strong appetites in Detroit

The former manufacturing and car-making city is remaking itself into a technology hub.

A look at what some stores have planned for Black Friday

With unemployment low, stores are hoping customers are in a mood to shop.

Boeing bolsters team for potential 797 with leading engineer

Terry Beezhold has been chief project engineer for the 777X program.

Uber paid off their hackers — they’re far from the only ones

“More and more companies have their own Bitcoin wallets for such cases.”

Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

The litigation claimed that security lapses led the planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Most Read