Airbus A350 Maiden Flight: See The A350 Fly! [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on June 14, 2013 5:04 PM EDT

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Airbus A350 successfully completed its maiden flight over Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. (Photo: Airbus)

The Airbus A350 passenger aircraft's maiden flight took place on Friday. The cutting edge jet conducted the test flight in France. The safe landing at 8:06 a.m. ET. Friday marks the end of the first of many milestones for Airbus to deliver a plane that will challenge the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner."

The incredible Airbus A350 maiden flight took place before an excited audience of more than one thousand; 60 Airbus employees also watched the event live from their offices near Dulles Airport of Washington.

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"Although seeing the airplane take off for the first time is exciting, the really satisfying bit is when the airplane comes back and lands," said Airbus Americas CEO Barry Eccleston. Eccleston wore a special "First Flight" T-shirt for the occasion.

The duration of the test flight was four hours. Held at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, airbus test pilots and engineers were keen to understand the Airbus A350 handling characteristics as well as the functionality of the plane's equipment, including landing gear and flaps.

"We were looking for the handling qualities of the airplane," Eccleston said.

"It was awesome," McBratney said Airbus Americas airline marketing director. "This airplane is really going to crank up the competition."

"For lack of a more sophisticated word, I'm giddy," Airbus North American sales director Zachary Shapiro said on the "game-changing plane. "This is the future flagship of fleets. To see a first flight happen, it's the beginning of a long era in aviation."

"It's going to be a really important plane for the U.S.," Eccleston continued. "People are really going to notice this."

A cutting edge aircraft, the A350 applies strong and lightweight carbon composites as extensively as possible. Carbon fiber components are just as strong as steel yet only weigh a fraction of the metal.

The use of carbon fiber allows for greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions of greenhouse-gas.  Fuel use is expected to decrease by as much as 25 percent. The A350 has a projected range of 8,000-mile range.

Be sure not to miss the videos below of the Airbus A350 maiden flight. Are you excited to fly in the new airliner? Let us know in the comment section below!

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