A350 XWB commences route-proving in final certification trials

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By admin July 24, 2014 17:06

A350 XWB commences route-proving in final certification trials

The fifth Airbus A350-900 prototype (MSN005) has embarked on route-proving trials as the final part of the A350’s certification process. The trials are designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations, and will include high density altitude and high elevation airfield performance, auto-land trials, and will also assess compatibility with airport turnaround and handling services.

The A350’s itinerary includes 14 major airports worldwide, including one route via the North Pole. Some of the flights will carry passengers.

MSN005 is one of two flight test prototypes that are fitted with a fully-functional cabin (42 business class and 223 economy class seats).

The route-proving flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews with the participation of Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The A350’s first delivery to Qatar Airways is expected later this year.

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