Airbus is building hours on the A350 flight test program at a remarkable rate. We estimate that by month end, the program will be around 45% of its test hours in approximately 40% of the test schedule. The test program is going exceptionally well. It is certainly the best flight test program of the latest generation of aircraft.
There are four test aircraft flying now so we can expect the necessary hours to accelerate considerably.
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Yesterday Airbus had two of the newer airplanes flying together. There can be no doubt confidence in the program is high. Indeed we believe Airbus will deliver the Qatar Airways airplane early. That will bring joy to one person in particular, with the potential that this one person will be voluble and quotable at an early delivery. Stay tuned.