Airbus has commenced the flight test campaign for the A350-1000, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines with the variant becoming airborne for the first time at Toulouse, the company said.
The company said the test marks a step in its attempt to enter the big twin sector, in the 350-400 seat category, following its previous development of the smaller A300 and A310, the A330 and the A350-900.
The A350-1000 will typically seat 366 passengers with a range of 7,950nm.
Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2017, approximately two years later than the pre-revamp schedule, which enabled Airbus to concentrate on the re-engined A320neo and allow a degree of technological insertion derived from the A350-900 development.
Airbus Group SE, based in Blagnac, France, manufactures civil aircraft, with production and manufacturing facilities mainly in France, Germany, Spain, China, United Kingdom and the United States.