The MSN5 flight prototype of the Airbus A350-900 has started today from Toulouse its very first demo tour taking it on an 11-day trip around Asia.
This Asian Demo Tour comes just after the EASA and FAA type certification milestones. After visiting Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia in August during the route proving certification exercise, the A350-900 will now visit more airports and customers in Asia Pacific.
The region is one of the fastest growing markets for air transport and represents 1/3 of the 750 A350 XWB orders won to date.
The journey will take the aircraft to Seoul, Tokyo, Hanoi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur during a period of 11 days, from 17 to 28/November. These A350 flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews.
The MSN5 is one of two A350-900 prototypes with a fully functional cabin (42 business class and 223 economy class seats). This demonstration exercise comes as we near the first airline delivery, to Qatar Airways, by the end of the year.