The flight showcased $3 Billion worth of aircraft, which featured four different paint schemes, also known as liveries. The lead plane had a special woven carbon fiber-patterned livery. The two jets behind it wore the Airbus corporate “house” livery. Of the two planes trailing behind those, one had another carbon fiber livery, and one was painted for Qatar Airways, the A350 launch customer.
Airbus is in the midst of launching its A350 XWB, a next-generation hauler that will replace the A330 and A340 while doing battle with Boeing’s 777 and 787 Dreamliner. In celebration of achieving certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency — Europe’s FAA — it put five A350s in the air at the same time for a once-in-a-lifetime formation flight.