A350 XWB First Engine Run, Toulouse [Photo: Airbus]
With all the recent coverage of Boeing 787 deliveries, it’s about time we shifted our attention back to Airbus for a while! Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB engines have run for the first time on the A350 XWB (MSN1) following the start-up of the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), as part of the preparations for the aircraft’s maiden flight. “Combined with the A350 XWB’s lightweight structure and advanced aerodynamics, these latest generation engines with their exceptionally low fuel consumption help cut fuel burn by 25% compared to previous generation competing long-range twins,” stated Airbus in a press release. To celebrate the milestone, I’ve included a photo on this page – remember to like my Facebook page to keep updated with the latest aviation photos, videos and stories. Click here to visit. MORE PHOTOS: Airbus completes paintwork on first A350 XWB
What is the Airbus A350 XWB?
The A350 XWB is the all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts.
According to Airbus, the new family will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. Scheduled for entry-into-service in second half of 2014, the A350 XWB has already won 616 firm orders from 34 customers worldwide. MORE PHOTOS: Airbus completes lightning strike tests on A350 XWB