MSN5 flight test prototype, equipped with cabin interiors, has already began a 3-week route-proving campaign, marking the start of the final certification stage for the A350-900.
This aircraft that is equipped with a furnished cabin comprising 265 seats, will operate a “world tour” taking in 14 airports across the world and a route via the North Pole.
Tests will include performance from high-altitude airfields, automatic landings, as well as airport turnaround and handling, to prove the Rolls-Royce XWB-powered aircraft is ready for airline operations.
Route-proving flights will be operated by Airbus crews with participation from airworthiness-authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Some flights will be flown with passengers on board, said Airbus.
The program will comprise 4 trips, each of which begins in Toulouse:
Trip 1: Toulouse-Iqaluit-Frankfurt-Toulouse
Trip 2: Toulouse-Hong-Kong-Singapore-Hong-Kong-Toulouse (Hong Kong to Singapore several times)
Trip 3: Toulouse-Johannesburg-Sydney-Auckland-Santiago de Chile-Sao Paulo-Toulouse
Trip 4: Toulouse-Doha-Perth-Doha-Moscow-Helsinki-Toulouse
Based on the article “Airbus kicks off A350 route-proving trials” published in FlightGlobal