Pilots Bruno Ferry and Fabrice Valette commanded the initial flight, which departed at 2:45 pm local time for the 2.5-hour flight. The testing plan covered aircraft handling, engine response, and operation of critical aircraft systems. The flight reached FL400 and a speed of 0.8 Mach during the flight. The next flight will take serial number 1 to the company’s main flight test center at Istres, near Marseilles, the base of further testing. The follow-on aircraft to join the test fleet, serial numbers 2 and 3, will fly within the next few months.