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The boarding pass for the first A350 flight.

The boarding pass for the first A350 flight.

The Airbus A350 extra-wide body jet has taken to the skies again, this time in a real airline environment with cabin crew and passengers.

The airplane took off on one of two Early Long Flights from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) this morning, the European manufacturer said.

The test flights are being operated with Air France and Lufthansa cabin crew.

Also on board were some 250 passengers comprising Airbus employees and dozens of cabin experts, the company said.

“The Early Long Flights are not part of the technical certification program but remain an important step towards the A350’s maturity at entry into service,” Airbus added.

The A350XWB is due to enter service with Qatar Airways in the fourth quarter of this year.

The A350 takes off on its first Early Long Flight.

The A350 takes off on its first Early Long Flight.

The airliner features an extra wide cabin with a non-stop flying capability of more than 15,000 kilometres.

It will be built in three versions – A350-800, A350-900 and A350-1000. Qatar Airways, with an order for 80 A350s, is the top customer.

In all, Airbus has received 812 orders from 39 customers.

Images are courtesy of Airbus.

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