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Technology Product 18.01.2017

Successful maiden flight of Airbus’ A350-1000

Special bearings of MinebeaMitsumi scored points in all respects at Airbus. The successful cooperation has mastered both, the start and the landing, with flying colors.

The successful maiden flight of Airbus’ A350-1000 took place. The latest member of the all-new A350 XWB widebody family that is shaping the future of long-haul airline operations, this flight has initiated a fast-paced test and certification programme leading to the jetliner’s service entry next year.

During more than 4 hours in the air, this longest-fuselage version of the A350 XWB demonstrated the performance and efficiency that will be appreciated by airline and aircraft leasing customers worldwide – 11 of which already have ordered 195 A350-1000s from the Middle East, North America, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Performing today’s initial in-flight evaluation from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France was the aircraft bearing the Manufacturing Serial Number 59 (MSN059) – one of three jetliners that will participate in the A350-1000 flight test and certification campaign.

The A350-1000 takes flight and returns to ground safely on landing gear attached to wing by bearings made at NMB Minebea UK Ltd. Technology bearings developed in partnership with Airbus and proven capable pre flight at NMB Minebea UK Ltd test facility in Lincoln UK.

Minebea bearings and another successful technology collaboration with Airbus found its way home to land safely.