Airbus completes hot weather test of A350-1000 aircraft
Airbus has completed a series of hot weather tests of its A350-1000 aircraft at Al Ain International Airport in the UAE.
The MSN065 A350-1000 test aircraft was used to conduct the tests, during which it underwent extreme weather conditions at temperatures higher than 40°C.
The tests were mainly conducted to check aircraft system behaviour with a focus on the cabin, including its cooling performance on-ground.
The tests have also ensured the aircraft’s maturity and readiness to operate in hot weather conditions.
Representing the latest addition to Airbus’ A350 XWB family, the A350-1000 is a mid-size long-range aircraft and is capable of offering improved operating efficiency, low noise and better long-range capability.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the aircraft includes a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears.
The A350-1000 also features the same fuel-efficiency and cabin comfort of original A350-900 family aircraft. It is also designed to offer extra comfort to customers flying on long-haul routes.
Set to enter into service by the last quarter of this year, the aircraft has already secured 211 confirmed orders from 12 customers worldwide.
In May, the A350-1000 completed its first ‘Early Long Flight’ with 310 passengers on-board, including ten Airbus flight test crew members and 13 Virgin Atlantic cabin crew.
The 12h flight enabled Airbus to assess cabin environment and systems in-flight, as well as optimise cabin procedures.
Image: A350-1000 aircraft at Al Ain International Airport in the UAE. Photo: courtesy of Airbus.