Can you imagine what it feels like to take off like that? The Airbus A350 is quite the aircraft! You better get used to the idea that, sooner rather than later, you'll have to get on one of these.
A masterpiece of modern aviation, the Airbus A350 is a commercial aircraft that has the capacity to transport up to 366 people. Designed to make long trips without having to stop to refuel, it also has the ability to perform a nearly vertical takeoff, a whole new experience for those brave enough to travel aboard this plane. You don't want to miss the footage of this spectacular takeoff!
This new model was presented at the ILA Berlin 2018 (Innovation and Leadership in the aerospace sector) that was held from April 25-29, fully assembled but with no passengers on board. After experimenting with airplanes that had panoramic roofs or detachable cabins to save time, Airbus decided to demonstrate the power of their new A350. They carried out a flight test for everyone to see it in action. The most surprising part of the demonstration was the almost vertical takeoff this new plane model is capable of performing.
Technical characteristics of the Airbus A350
This commercial aircraft has the ability to accommodate 288 to 366 passengers. And it was initially conceived to compete against other large aircraft models, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Boeing 777, which are designed for long-haul travel and can fly over 12,000 kilometers with passengers on board.
The test was performed without passengers
No, Airbus' demonstration wasn't carried out with anyone on board. Yes, the plane is fully equipped with passenger seats.
Along with the A350, other aircraft models and different technological advances were presented, such as a plane with modified wings, a military transport aircraft, etc.
A near-vertical takeoff
'Vertical takeoff and landing' (VTOL) refers to planes that can start or end a journey flying at an angle that is as perpendicular to the ground as possible.