Aerocare was on hand to meet Airbus’ new A350-1000 when it touched down in Auckland last night as part of a three-week demonstration tour to the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
During the tour, the A350-1000 flight test aircraft (MSN065) has stopped in Doha, Muscat, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Hanoi, Singapore, and Bangkok before arriving in Sydney on Saturday evening.
The aircraft took a one-hour demonstration flight from Auckland this morning and will depart for Tokyo this evening before heading to the final stop, Manila.
Handling of the aircraft at Auckland Airport was coordinated by Aerocare’s FBO & corporate handing division, Skycare, with staff support from Aerocare’s Auckland team.
The demonstration tour follows the completion of a successful flight test campaign and comes ahead of the first customer delivery to Qatar Airways in the coming weeks.
MSN065 is one of three Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft and is equipped with a fully functional cabin (40 business class, 36 economy plus class and 219 comfort economy class seats).
The A350-1000 is the latest member of the A350 XWB Family, showing a high level of commonality with the A350-900 with 95 percent common systems part numbers and the same Type Rating.
As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900 (in a typical three-class configuration), the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears, and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.
Follow the A350-1000 tour live on Twitter: @Airbus and #A350XWBTour
Aerocare is the largest ground handler within the Australian and New Zealand region, with more than 3,200 team members currently servicing 3,200 flights per week and 45,700 passengers per day.
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