Airbus has wrapped up high-elevation airport testing of the A350-1000 following a 10-day campaign in South America. Aircraft MSN71 undertook initial tests in Bolivia,operating to Cochabamba and La Paz.
MSN71 carried out several departures and landings at each airport for data-collection,says the airframe,operating at elevations of 7,546 ft-13,123 ft.
The twin jet also carried out tests at the sea-level Colombian airport of Barranquilla.
“Early test results confirm the good performance and behavior of both the aircraft and its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines,” adds Airbus.
“This is a major successful milestone in the aircraft certification flight-test campaign.”
The airframe typically carries out hot-weather tests in the Middle East,and used Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.
Airbus is aiming to deliver the A350-1000 for airline service later this year.Three of the variant are involved in the certification effort.
Source : Flightglobal/Airbus