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05 November 2015
05. November 2015 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus’ A350-1000 Trent XWB-97 engine begins flight-test campaign on A380 flying-test-bed

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The A350-1000 Trent XWB-97 engine takes flight

The A350-1000’s new engine – the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 – has successfully made its first flight-test aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 “Flying-Test-Bed” aircraft. The aircraft took off from Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse and performed a flight of 4 hours, 14 mins during which the engine covered a wide range of power settings at altitudes up to 35,000ft. The engine’s operation and handling qualities were evaluated from low speeds to Mach 0.87. 
The Trent XWB-97 development engine was mounted on the A380’s inner left engine pylon, replacing one of the aircraft’s Trent 900 engines. The crew on board this first flight were: Airbus Experimental test pilots Etienne de Malleray and Hugues Van der Stichel; Experimental Test Flight Engineer Gerard Maisonneuve and Flight Test Engineers Emmanuele Costanzo and Jean-Philippe Cottet. 
Commencing around nine months prior to the A350-1000’s first flight, this engine flight-test programme will include hot weather as well as icing condition testing campaigns. The specially enhanced Trent XWB engine produces 97,000lbs of thrust on take-off – making it the most powerful engine ever developed for an Airbus aircraft.
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Mounted on the left inner engine pylon on Airbus’ A380 flying test bed, the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine’s operating and handling qualities were evaluated from low speeds up to Mach 0.87 during its first flight test on this developmental aircraft

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