A350 Completes Route Proving Tour

The A350-900 has completed route trials that have taken it to 14 cities in the last three weeks. The flights included high altitude airports, ultra-long-haul routes and a technical route-proving trial that is required for type certification, which is expected in Q3 this year.

The A350-900 has completed route trials that have taken it to 14 cities in the last three weeks.

The flights included high altitude airports, ultra-long-haul routes and a technical route-proving trial that is required for type certification, which is expected in Q3 this year.

Fernando Alonso, SVP of flight and integration tests, said: “The aircraft has performed remarkably well... We are set for the type certification in the coming weeks, as planned.”

The exercise took the flight test aircraft, MSN 005, on a 20-day trip over the North Pole, each ocean and stopping at 14 major international airports worldwide (see below).

The aircraft flew approximately 81,700nm /151,300km in some 180 flight hours, with all flights performing on schedule.

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