In order to go beyond certification requirements
and test aircraft to the extremes, the first ever Airbus A350 XWB
to visit the United States, MSN (manufacturer’s serial number) 2,
has arrived at McKinley Climatic Lab at Eglin Air Force base in
Over the next couple of weeks the aircraft and
its various systems and cabin installations will be subjected to
the extreme hot and cold temperatures that the unique facility can
sustain in a testing environment.
The tests come on top of those
already performed earlier this year in the Middle East and
Northern Canada to ensure maturity and full in-service readiness
from Day 1 for all A350 XWB’s operators.
currently four test aircraft flying in the A350 XWB programme.
Together they have accumulated around 1,600 flight test hours in
more than 350 flights.
The certification process for the programme
is progressing on schedule, and certification is anticipated in Q3
2014 with entry into service in Q4 2014.