I have stayed away from this story this week for the sheer fact that the A350 has taken so very long to get to this point that I thought that something would crop-up and the aircraft would not fly this morning, but it has indeed flown for the first time today. I have been scathing of the A350 program over the best part of the past decade but today is the time to give Airbus the thumbs-up and here is hoping that the aircraft’s progress is swift and smooth from this point on, we are watching. Yesterday I ran a

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