Airbus has named the six-strong flight crew for the first flight of the Airbus A350.
Peter Chandler, the company’s chief test pilot, will be at the controls of MSN001, along with Guy Magrin, the A350 project pilot. The two will be accompanied in the cockpit by Pascal Verneau, the project’s test-flight engineer.
Three experimental flight test engineers—Fernando Alonso, Patrick du Che and Emanuele Constanzo—will monitor the flight at test stations installed in the cabin.
Airbus is in the final stages of preparing the aircraft for first flight. The manufacturer powered up the engines and auxiliary power unit for the first time on June 2.
Most observers expect Airbus to fly the aircraft before the Paris air show, which starts on June 17. Airbus officially states only that the flight will take place “in the summer.”