France Airbus

June 14, 2013 - 4:34 AM
The Airbus A350 takes off successfully on its maiden flight at Blagnac airport near Toulouse, southwestern France, Friday, June 14, 2013.The Airbus A350 has taken off on its first flight, setting up major competition for Boeing after the U.S. aerospace company ran into problems with the lithium batteries of its 787 Dreamliner. Friday’s flight from Toulouse is to last about four hours and marks a key step on the path to full certification. Airbus is promoting the plane as a fuel-saver at a time when jet fuel prices represent about half the cost of long-haul flights. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)