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First Qatar A350 prepares for maiden flight

Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A350 could make its maiden flight as early as today, following certification of the type at the end of September.

The airline is set to become the first recipient of the A350-900 before the end of this year.

Airbus has already rolled out the initial Qatar aircraft, MSN6, and conducted engine runs and ground tests with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered jet.

While the airframer has not committed to the timing, it indicates that the first flight of MSN6 could take place today.

Qatar Airways has 43 A350-900s on order as well as 37 of the larger A350-1000.

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