Airbus sets A350 maiden flight for Friday: source

Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:25pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus EAD.PA has set Friday June 14 as the date for the maiden flight of its A350 passenger jet, a source familiar with the plans said on Tuesday.

Europe's first carbon-composite jetliner, developed at an estimated cost of $15 billion, is designed to compete with U.S. rival Boeing's (BA.N: Quote) 787 Dreamliner and targets a market valued at several hundred billion dollars in coming years.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Editing by Laurence Frost)

The main body section of the first Airbus A350 is seen on the final assembly line in Toulouse, southwestern France, October 23,2012. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles