Airbus CEO takes his first flight on the A350 XWB

Fabrice Bregier (Courtesy Photo)

Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bregier flew on board the company’s new Airbus A350 XWB for the first time last week.

The flight was a routine test flight that took place over the southwestern part of France, the company said.

So far, the A350 XWB has completed more than 150 flight test hours out of the 2,500 hours needed to be achieved by five flight test A350s in the next 12 months, the company said.

Spirit AeroSystems, based in Wichita, builds portions of the plane’s fuselage and wings.