Airbus is to roll out its 4th A350 test-flight aircraft in a special hybrid livery based on the color scheme of Qatar Airways, the launch customer that is to take delivery of its first A350-900 before the end of this year.
The rear fuselage of the MSN4 aircraft will carry Qatar Airways branding, including the Doha-based airline’s oryx logo on the vertical fin.
A source familiar with the plan mentioned in Flight International states that the manufacturer’s A350 product scheme will be on the forward fuselage. “It’s not the first time we’ve done this,” the source added, pointing out that an A310 test aircraft was painted in the livery of Lufthansa and Swissair.
Airbus has been expecting to fly MSN4 around February and it will be used for tests including noise analysis.