Airbus says the A350 is undergoing final checks before receiving the green light for its maiden flight on Friday. The A350’s first take-off from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, is set for 14 June at 10 a.m., just days before the Paris Air Show. Airbus has spent $14 billion developing the A350, the company’s most advanced airliner, with composite materials and swept wings to compete with Boeing’s wide-body jets. The A350 is believed to be more critical to the future success of Airbus than the A380, as the superjumbo has garnered only 262 orders since the plane first became available in 2000. By comparison, the A350 has already totaled 613 orders even before first flight. (Image Credit: Airbus)
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