Airbus's new A350 plane glided smoothly through its maiden flight on Friday, leaving company executives relieved and brimming with confidence for the battle with Boeing that lies ahead.
Airbus's next-generation A350 takes off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport, southwest France, on its first test flight on June 14, 2013. Airbus's new A350 plane roared through its maiden flight with flying colours on Friday, leaving company executives brimming with confidence for the battle with Boeing that lies ahead.
Designed to help the European manufacturer catch up with its American rival in the market for long-haul, fuel-efficient planes, the new Airbus completed a faultless test flight from an airport close to the company's headquarters in southern France.
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