|The first Airbus A350 XWB now with engines!|
Earlier this month, I posted some photos of the first Airbus A350 XWB – MSN001 – with its completed wings (click here if you missed them)… a blog post that attracted thousands of views.
With so much interest in this forthcoming aircraft, I’m following-up with another photo update to satisfy your avgeek needs! You’ll find one of the photos on this page – the rest have been uploaded as a photo album on my Facebook page – click here to view them.
As you can see, the aircraft’s two flight-ready Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines have now been installed… a great milestone for Airbus! Last month, the Trent XWB received Engine Type Certification from EASA, confirming that it had fulfilled EASA’s airworthiness requirements for flight.
In parallel to the mounting of the two Trent XWB engines in Toulouse, the A350 XWB is also this week being fitted with its new specially developed APU – the Honeywell HGT1700 which has greater power density and higher efficiency than the previous generation APUs.
With the installation of its engines and also the APU, the A350 XWB MSN001 becomes essentially a ‘completed’ aircraft.
Following the ongoing ground tests, other preparations and also painting in the coming weeks, MSN001 will then be handed over to the Airbus Flight Test team to commence preparations for ground runs and maiden flight in the summer.
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