Airbus has begun the latest stage in the A350 XWB development program with the arrival of the third development aircraft, MSN3, in Bolivia for high-altitude testing. MSN3 will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, while La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations from such high-altitude runways are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, auxiliary power units ...

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