The Airbus A350XWB - which is on a world tour - landed in
The A350XWB, which carries 369 passengers, is the latest generation and newest long-haul jetliner by the European aircraft manufacturer to enter the market. It is the only all-new family of aircraft in the 300 - 400-seat category.
"The test flight at
Head of corporate affairs for Acsa at OR Tambo, Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, said she was pleased that the airport was chosen to host the aircraft.
"We are pleased to be selected as the first airport on the continent to host the latest addition to the
"Such flights are used to test compatibility of the aircraft with existing airport and air traffic management infrastructure, systems and processes," she said.
Five prototypes of this all-new aircraft have been built and are currently engaged in an intensive and comprehensive flight test and certification programme.
During its visit to
One of the innovative features of the new aircraft is the all-new Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage which results in lower fuel consumption and easier maintenance. The fuel consumption will be 25% lower compared to existing aircraft of similar size.
The A350XWB represents the increasingly closer collaboration between
"Every A350XWB has a direct positive impact on South African workers, the country's skills base and its development in addition to growing South African exports of high-value manufactured goods.
"The aircraft's wing and fuselage components are manufactured by Aerosud in Centurion while Cobham South Africa in Westlake, near
The A350 is expected to depart to
The A350 XWB World Tour began on 24 July and involves a series of tests on four different trips. It will visit 14 airports around the world and will end on 13 August.
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