The MSN1 entered the paintshop in the night of Monday to Tuesday 7/May to advance in the painting during this “very-short week” in France with bank holidays from Wednesday to Sunday because of the Victory Day 8/May and Ascension Day on 9/May (also holiday in Germany).
The A350 should get out of the painting hall next week but could remain hidden from pictures before being delivered to the flight test team later in May. Unless Airbus decides to show the aircraft in it's way back to the FAL.
The painting of A350 XWB MSN1 in "Airbus-blue" colors uses an environmentally-friendly, chromate-free primer paint. In addition, following best practices from the auto industry, Airbus uses a new base coat/clear coat system that requires less paint and less solvent. This eco-efficient painting process also means that less detergent will be needed when washing the aircraft.
Based on the article “Airbus : L'A350 en peinture” published in Aeroweb-fr