• Airbus debuts much anticipated A350

    2013-06-14

    The Airbus A350 XWB was one of the most eagerly anticipated new aircrafts in recent memory, and on Friday the plane made its much anticipated maiden flight. Taking off from France's Toulouse-Blagnac, the plane made a four-hour flight and early reviews say that the A350 lived up to its lofty expectations, according to Reuters.

    Developers touted the fact that the lightweight plane will be among the quietest to take to the skies. In fact, some have said that the communities surrounding the flight path could barely hear it from the ground. The successful flight is a significant milestone for the airline as it looks to compete with other state-of-the-art planes launched by Boeing, including the 787 Dreamliner.

    "Did you hear how quiet it was? Did you hear what you didn't hear? We're going to set new standards. Not just for comfort, not just for performance," Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy told reporters in attendance. "But for environmental friendliness. People living around airports won't even know we're taking off."

    Though it remains to be seen when the plane A350 will make its entry into regular flights, there is speculation that it could make an appearance at the upcoming Paris Airshow, which is slated for June 17 through 23, CNN reports.

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