Airbus has begun operating so-called Early Long Flights (ELFs) aimed at assessing the cabin environment and related systems of the new A350 XWB in a typical operating scenario. Although not part of the A350 XWB technical certification program, the first of two ELFs was conducted Monday using the second of five A350 test aircraft, MSN002, piloted by Airbus experimental test pilots with an Air France cabin crew, and some 250 Airbus employees making up the passenger payload. The flight marks ...

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