Hamburg - The first Airbus A350-1000 for the low-cost long-haul French Bee appeared in Airbus' Hamburg facilities without livery.
The A350-1000 of the Paris Orly Airport-based carrier was photographed in flight at Airbus facilities in Hamburg Finkenwerder, where its refurbishment process is underway, French aviation news portal Air Journal reports.
The MSN65, now registered F-WLXV, is the second A350-1000 assembled and the third to fly for the first time on February 2017 for the certification campaign of the type.
The aircraft was particularly recognizable with its "carbon" livery. It was also the only one of the three prototypes to be equipped with a cabin and to be used for long-haul route proving flights in real conditions.
Before its delivery to French Bee, the widebody jet will be reconfigured and repainted and also will receive new Rolls Royce Trent XWB 97 engines. Its final configuration is not official yet, but the two A350-900 that are in service with Frenc Bee can accommodate 35 passengers in Premium class and 376 in Economy (411 seats in total).
The delivery of the aircraft to the French carrier is expected in December 2019.
Another A350-1000 registered F-WWXL (MSN71), which was also used during certification campaign, is under refurbishment process as well for British airline operator Virgin Atlantic.
image credits: Frank Krause