Airbus sends first A350 XWB into the sky

Airbus test pilots and managers celebrated Friday after the long-awaited inaugural flight of the Airbus A350 XWB went off without a hitch.   Aviation enthusiasts around the world had their eyes on France as the aircraft took off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport around 10 a.m. local time and landed safely about four hours later.   The test crew waved an Airbus flag from a hatch above the cockpit as the aircraft taxied after its successful maiden journey.   The crew, who emerged to applause from waiting friends and family, said the aircraft proved easy to handle and performed well throughout the test program.   The A350 XWB is the first in a family of super-efficient passenger planes Airbus designed to go head-to-head with rival Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and 777s.   "XWB" means "extra wide body." There are three members in the A350 family: the A350-800, the A350-900 and the A350-1000, which seat 270, 314 and 350 passengers, respectively, in three-class seating.   The first test plane, "MSN1," was unveiled on May 13 at Airbus headquarters in

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