Toulouse - Airbus will conduct a three-week demonstration tour in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific with one of its A350-1000s to introduce the aircraft to airlines.
The A350-1000 (MSN065) with carbon livery will start its journey on January 26, from Toulouse, Blagnac Airport. The aircraft will visit 12 destinations and fly 34,175 miles (55,000 kilometers) that will take it to Doha, Muscat, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Hanoi, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, and Manila.
The A350 will stop several days in Singapore. It will be presented on the air show held in the city-state from February 6 to 8, 2018.
According to the manufacturer, the tour precedes the first delivery to Qatar Airways in the coming weeks and will demonstrate the exclusive features of the aircraft to the airlines.
The MSN065 is one of three Airbus A350-1000 prototypes. It is equipped with a three-class cabin with 295 seats, including 40 in Business, 36 in Premium Economy and 219 in Economy. The demonstration flights will be operated by Airbus teams.
The A350-1000 achieved EASA and FAA type certification in November 2017, following a campaign of less than one year. The launch company Qatar Airways has ordered 37 A350-1000. The Gulf company expects the first device in February.
To date, Airbus received 169 firm orders from 11 customers:
- Air Caribbean: 3
- Air Lease Corporation: 9
- Asiana Airlines: 10
- British Airways: 18
- Cathay Pacific: 20
- Etihad Airways: 22
- Iran Air: 16
- Japan Airlines: 13
- LATAM Airlines Group: 12
- Qatar Airways: 37
- Virgin Atlantic: 8
- Unidentified Buyer: 1