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Photos: Interior Tour of the Airbus A350 XWB

The A350 XWB cabin design – with its smooth curves, flowing lines, innovative lighting and wide windows – helps create a pleasant and soothing atmosphere for business class travellers - Photo: Airbus

The A350 XWB cabin design – with its smooth curves, flowing lines, innovative lighting, and wide windows – helps create a pleasant and soothing atmosphere for business class travellers – Photo: Airbus

Recently in Germany, Airbus showed off a potential interior for their new Airbus A350 XWB. They shared the second test aircraft, MSN002 with a partial test interior and mock cabin. Even though it looks impressive, at the end of the day, airline customers will be the ones deciding what finishes will go into the aircraft.

Although Airbus decided to show off a 3-3-3 layout in economy, the aircraft could end up seeing a ten-abreast configuration in the future.

Although the interior of MSN002 gives us a preview, Airbus is planning to fit MSN005 with a full interior which might show more of the robust ideas, like a impressive entry way.

Continue reading to see photos of the interior and descriptions from Airbus…

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Photos: Inside Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner Test Aircraft

The passenger section of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Nick Young / AusBT

The passenger section of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Photo: Nick Young | AusBT

Excerpt and photo used with permission from Australian Business Traveller

Step inside Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner ZB002 on this exclusive tour of what is only the world’s second stretched Dreamliner before large-scale production begins ahead of its debut in July with worldwide launch customer Air New Zealand.

Long before any new commercial aircraft takes to the skies with paying passengers on board, manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing carry out an exhaustive series of flight tests with specially-build aircraft.

The Boeing Dreamliner 787-9, which carries the ZB002 model number, is part of that process for this larger, longer-range version of the original 787-8 Dreamliner.

The "Engineering Class" seats on the 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Nick Young / AusBT

The “Engineering Class” seats on the 787-9 Dreamliner. Notice the runway design on the floor – Photo: Nick Young | AusBT

The second of three 787-9s dedicated to the new plane’s test program, ZB002 last week flew non-stop from Seattle to Auckland – marking the 787-9’s longest flight, at just under 14 hours – and is now visiting Alice Springs, in the centre of Australia, to undergo extensive heat testing under the sizzling summer sun.

So what’s it like inside of of these special test aircraft?

See many more GREAT 787-9 interior photos via AusBT…

VIP Tour of TAM Airlines’ New First Class on a Boeing 777-300ER

Time to take a VIP tour of one of TAM's Boeing 777-300ERs at Paine Field. Image: David Parker Brown.

Time to take a VIP tour of one of TAM’s Boeing 777-300ERs at Paine Field. Photo: David Parker Brown

Recently, I was invited to take a special tour of one of TAM Airlines’ brand-spanking new Boeing 777s that was parked at Paine Field. The plane was so new that Boeing was still prepping it for delivery. How could I refuse?

The aircraft I toured (PT-MUJ) and was TAM’s fourth 777-300ER, which was delivered on August 29th, 2013. The airline has ordered a total of nine of the type.

The 777 is the first aircraft that TAM has equipped with their new First Class product, and I was excited to check it out.

Continue reading VIP Tour of TAM Airlines’ New First Class on a Boeing 777-300ER

VIDEO: An Antonov AN-124 Visits Paine Field

I recently had the opportunity to take a tour of an Antonov AN-124 that was parked next to the Future of Flight at Paine Field. Quite the unique experience — almost like traveling through time. To help to share that experience I also made this video… enjoy.

Also check out: PHOTO TOUR OF THE ANTONOV AN-124

Farnborough: Taking a Look at Qatar’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Qatar Airways first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the tarmac at the Farnborough Airshow.

Qatar Airways first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the tarmac at the Farnborough Airshow.

At the Farnborough Air Show, Qatar Airways showed off their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to an awestruck crowd.

When presenting the aircraft, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker stated: “Qatar Airways has been highly anticipating the arrival of our Boeing 787 aircraft at the Farnborough Air Show, and are proud to share this milestone with the world during the unveiling of our new Dreamliner.”

Welcome on board -- entering the Qatar Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time.

Welcome on board — entering the Qatar Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time.

I was excited to check out this Dreamliner. I have previously been in a few of ANA’s Boeing 787s and in one of JAL’s. How would Qatar’s 787 stack up?

Although ANA’s and JAL’s products were nice, Qatar really took the interior of their 787 to the next level — especially with their Business Class product.

The Business Class seats on the aircraft are laid out in a 1-2-1 format, where the 232 economy seats are in a 3-3-3 format.

Business Class seats on the Qatar Boeing 787 is very impressive.

Business Class seats on the Qatar Boeing 787 is very impressive.

This is the first Dreamliner we have seen in a 3-3-3 economy set up, where the ones previously have been a 2-4-2 layout. I was actually surprised how spacious the economy cabin felt, realizing that there was an extra seat in each row. I only sat in an economy seat for about a minute and it seemed fine, but a ten hour flight might be a bit different.

Each seat has an iTouch touch remote control, which accesses over 1000 entertainment options.

The Qatar economy is set up in a 10 abreast seating, but felt roomie.

The Qatar economy is set up in a 9 abreast seating, but felt roomy.

The interior was quite impressive, but seeing Qatar’s Dreamliner flying at the airshow was even more so. Historically, Boeing has not flown any of their aircraft at the airshow, so this was a special treat.

Qatar's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off.

Qatar’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off.

Living just minutes away from Paine Field (where the 787 is built) I have seen plenty of 787 Dreamliners flying, but never like this. The 787 looked natural flying above Farnborough, completing aggressive maneuvers, showing off. Sure, there were no Tex Johnston style rolls, but it was still inspiring none-the-less.

It looked great on the ground, but a bit better in the air.

It looked great on the ground, but a bit better in the air.

The 787 left Farnborough early to return back to Seattle to have the final touches done before being delivered to Qatar by early September. The airline has 60 787s on order and Boeing is expecting to deliver five of them to Qatar before the end of the year.

After delivery, Qatar plans to use their first 787 flying between Doha to London Heathrow.

ADDITIONAL QATAR AIRWAYS BOEING 787 PHOTOS (even more on Flickr):