Airbus A350 performs a flyover at the Singapore Airshow.
Airbus A350 XWB flight test aircraft MSN3 has performed a flying display at the Singapore Airshow, the first of two flights it will conduct over the show this week.
As MSN3 flew to Singapore, arriving on Feb. 11, it passed the first 1,000 flight test hours for the A350 program since first flight with MSN1 on June 14, according to Airbus. The manufacturer plans 2,500 fight test hours in the A350 flight test program, which is expected to last a total of just over one year.
“Currently, two A350 XWB flight test aircraft are flying, MSN1 and MSN3,” Airbus stated. “Both aircraft are fitted with heavy test instrumentation and are successfully carrying out performance and systems evaluations in extreme environmental conditions and are starting certification testing. MSN2 and MSN5 will be fitted with cabins, and will carry out the early long flights and route proving flights later this year. MSN4 will be fitted with light flight test instrumentation and will perform external noise and lightning tests, avionics development and certification testing. This aircraft will also be used to start the training for first customer pilots and maintenance teams.”