Maiden flight for A350’s Trent XWB engine

The A350 XWB’s new engine – the Rolls- Royce Trent XWB – has successfully made its maiden flight aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 ‘Flying-Test-Bed’ aircraft.


Maiden flight for A350’s Trent XWB engine


The A350 XWB’s new engine – the Rolls- Royce Trent XWB – has successfully made its maiden flight aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 ‘Flying-Test-Bed’ aircraft. The aircraft took off from Airbus facilities in Toulouse and performed a flight of over five hours during which the engine covered a wide range of power settings at altitudes up to 43,000ft. The aircraft handling qualities were evaluated from low speeds to Mach 0.9. The engine not only operated flawlessly, but also demonstrated its new-generation fuel efficiency and low noise, Airbus said.

Commencing around one year prior to the A350 XWB’s first flight, this engine flight-test programme is scheduled to accumulate around 175 flight hours – nearly three times more airborne flying hours than on previous programmes. This will be accomplished over a seven month period and will include hot weather, as well as icing condition testing campaigns. It will also test the advanced nacelle and thrust reverser system provided by Goodrich.