Airbus A350 – what it’s like to fly the next-generation widebody

Aviation News speaks to David Ward, an Airbus A350-900 pilot flying for Delta Air Lines

David Ward is a Flight Standards Captain on the Airbus A350 – a type he has been familiar with for the past seven years. Prior to this, he chalked up a quarter of a century on the Boeing 767 for the Atlanta, Georgia-based giant.

Aviation News: How would you sum up the A350 from a pilot’s perspective?

David Ward (DW): “It is a real pleasure to fly. The large windscreens on the flight deck allow for great forward and lateral visibility, the advanced avionics and onboard information systems present flight information to the pilots, and the precise and responsive manoeuvrability of the aircraft through the sidestick controls work seamlessly to make this jet a well-behaved and fun to fly airplane.”

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