Airbus has installed its two flight-ready Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines on the first flight-test A350 XWB (MSN001). It is also installing the new Honeywell HGT1700 auxiliary power unit (APU) at Airbus’ production facilities in Toulouse (France).
According to an Airbus statement, the new Trent engines were both received from UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Goodrich), which had recently prepared the fully integrated powerplants prior to their installation on the aircraft’s pylons.
“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,” Airbus said.
With the installation of its engines and also the APU, Airbus said 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.” Entry into service is expected in the second half of 2014.
GE Aviation delivered its initial production wing fixed trailing edge components for the aircraft earlier this month.