News: Flight-test A350 fitted with Engines
By Richard Benedikz on 26 March 2013, 16:42
Airbus has installed two flight-ready Trent XWB engines and a Honeywell HGT1700 APU on the flight-test A350 XWB (MSN001).
The new Trent engines were received from UTC Aerospace Systems which had recently prepared the powerplants prior to their installation.
Last month the Trent XWB received Engine Type Certification from EASA, confirming that the engine had fulfilled EASA’s airworthiness requirements. The Trent XWB has already powered a series of test flights on Airbus’ A380 Flying Test Bed aircraft since February 2012.
In parallel to the mounting of the two Trent XWB engines in Toulouse, the A350 XWB is also being fitted with its new specially developed APU – the Honeywell HGT1700 which has greater power density and higher efficiency than the previous generation APU’s.
With the installation of its engines and also the APU, the A350 XWB MSN001 becomes essentially a ‘completed’ aircraft. Following ongoing ground tests, other preparations and also painting in the coming weeks, MSN001 will then be handed over to the Airbus Flight Test team to commence preparations for ground runs and maiden flight in the summer.