Airbus A350 took it to the skies first time on Friday in Toulouse, France. The A350 flew around for four hours and landed.
There is a good piece about this maiden flight, the plane type in general and the competition from Boeing on Financial Times article that you can access here.
BBC on the other hand has very interesting piece about this program that is not as positive. Seems that Airbus took this A350 project due to competition from Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. You can access the BBC’s piece here.
Let’s hope that the introduction of the Airbus A30 would go smoother than the problems that Boeing’s 787 project has had.