The A350-900 at the show is test aircraft MSN3, which, in recent weeks, has been evaluated in one extreme environment to another. From cold weather tests in the freezing climate of Northern Canada, to stifling humidity in the Caribbean island of Martinique and high altitude performance work at over 13,000 ft in the thin air of Bolivia, the A350 has been put through its paces. The aircraft arrived here from the Middle East where it made the type’s premiere appearance at Doha’s new Hamad international airport. The visit formed part of the entry-into-service preparations for A350 XWB launch customer Qatar Airways which is scheduled to take its initial delivery in the fourth quarter of this year.
Qatar, which will be the first to operate both the A350 and 787, also became the first airline to display a Boeing 787-8 at the Singapore Airshow. With nine 787s already delivered and 51 more on order, Qatar currently flies the Boeing twinjet on routes to Europe and the Middle East, and from March will fly the type to Singapore as the fleet expands.
Two F-16s from the RSAF Black Knights display team perform opposed pass
Knife-edge pass from RSAF F-16
Black Knights roll into a loop
The second pre-production Yak-130 makes a fly past
USMC MV-22B from VMM-262 ‘Flying Tigers’of Iwakuni, Japan, kicks up spray over the Straits of Johor
A350-900 is put through its paces by Airbus chief test pilot Peter Chandler
RSAF F-16D+ of 145 Sqn
One of the RSAF’s 10 C-130Hs
RSAF G550 conformal AEW of 111 Sqn
Boeing P-8A Poseidon’s visiting from Kadena, Japan as part of its operational deployment