The Airbus A350 has begun a globe-spanning world tour covering 14 cities as the next-gen jet edges towards its debut with Qatar Airways towards the end of this year.
But this isn't just any old roadshow. The three-week journey encompasses a series of 'route proving tests' intended to show that the A350 is ready to take its place in the real world with auto-landing trials, high airfield performance, and airport turnaround and handling tests.
The route is divided into four legs and some of the flights will have passengers on board.
After taking off from Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France the A350's first run will take it to Canada via the north-pole and Frankfurt.
Then it's on to Hong Kong and Singapore.
The longest leg will take the A350 from Toulouse to Johannesburg, Sydney (on August 5), Auckland, Santiago and Sao Paulo.
The fourth and final trip sees the A350 head to Doha, then onto Perth – a route which Qatar CEO has already earmarked for a commercial A350 service in early 2015 – and back to Doha, Moscow and Helsinki before turning home.
The tests will be flown by one of two special test aircraft fitted with a cabin of 42 business class and 223 economy class seats.
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