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PICTURES: A350s fly in formation ahead of certification

All five aircraft in the Airbus A350-900 test fleet have taken part in a formation flight, ahead of certification of the type.

Using the callsign ‘Carbon’, the aircraft departed Toulouse’s runway 14R at about 10:30, led by the first cabin-fitted airframe MSN2.

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The formation subsequently joined up and performed several east-west flights parallel to the Pyrenees mountain range.

They arrived back at Toulouse after about 2h 30min.

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Airbus has been aiming to certificate the A350 in the third quarter of this year. A source familiar with the process states that formal certification will be confirmed on 30 September.

Qatar Airways is the launch customer for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered A350 and is set to take delivery of its first aircraft by the end of this year.

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