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Airbus A350 XWB

Published on June 14, 2013
Communiqué issued by the Prime Minister

Paris, June 14, 2013

The new Airbus A350-XWB has just successfully made its first takeoff from Toulouse-Blagnac airport.

On behalf of the government, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault – who inaugurated the plane’s final assembly line last October – warmly congratulates all those in Airbus and its partner equipment manufacturers and subcontracting SMEs in France who contributed to this success.

The A350 programme, the latest creation by Airbus’s engineering and design department, demonstrates the excellence of the French and European aerospace industry, which has forged solid partnerships with the partner states, chief among them France.

With this A350, Airbus has managed to take up a remarkable technological and human challenge, reaffirming its role as global leader a few days before the opening of the Paris Air Show, which the Prime Minister will inaugurate on Monday morning./.

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