[Aviation Today April 11, 2014] The A350 XWB has arrived in the U.K. as part of scheduled certification testing, Airbus said.
took MSN3, one of four A350 flight test aircraft currently undergoing testing, to Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire. U.K.-based testing will focus on the A350's engines and fuel system.
“The A350 XWB has significant UK input, as the wings and fuel systems are designed at the Airbus facilities in Filton, Bristol and assembled at the company’s Broughton plant in North Wales while the engines are made by Rolls-Royce in Derby and the landing gear by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in Gloucestershire," said Frank Chapman, who serves as a test pilot for the A350 XWB flight test campaign.
"This visit is part of the aircraft’s certification. Experts from the nearby Airbus Filton facility are playing a key role in supporting the fuel system tests," Chapman added.
Through the end of March, Airbus has reported 812 total orders from 39 different customers for the A350 XWB, which will enter service with launch airline Qatar Airways later this year.