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A350 XWB embarks on Chinese demo tour
A350 XWB embarks on Chinese demo tour
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| Staff writer

A350 XWB embarks on Chinese demo tour

The Airbus A350XWB, will make its first demo tour of China between 25th June and 2nd July. During the eight-day trip, A350 XWB test aircraft MSN2 (manufacturer serial number) will fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Haikou and Chengdu.

The tour follows the A350’s endorsement by China Eastern Airlines, which ordered 20 A350-900 aircraft in April 2016. Air China has also ordered 10 A350-900s.

Chinese aviation industry has made important contributions to the development and production of the A350 XWB. Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Centre and its partner Aviation Industry Corporation of China participated in the programme’s development, involving specific design work for the airframe. Some five percent of the airframe is manufactured in China. 

Featuring a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials, the MSN002 is one of Airbus’ fleet of five test A350-900 aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business class and 210 economy class seats). The flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews.

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