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.

"Set to enter into service by the last quarter of this year, the aircraft has already secured 211 confirmed orders from 12 customers worldwide."

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.