Airbus hopes to catch up with American aircraft manufacture Boeing which has received long delays and battery problems which caused many Boeing customers to cancel their orders. If the testing goes well with no delays it should take less than 18 months with customers including Qatar Airways, British Airways and Cathay Pacific. The A350 apparently will do a fly past at the Paris air show later on this month.
EADS who own Airbus are using around 50% composite materials and have built a facility that can generate 55% of the required energy. The company has promised to make it the most environmentally friendly aircraft in the world.
Airbus plan to build a second version of the A350 in the future which will compete with the existing B777 made by Boeing.