Airbus A350 XWB reaches 92 flight test hours

Airbus’ new A350 XWB has accumulated 92 hours of flight testing since its maiden flight on June 14, the company reports.

The early phase of testing has “resulted in the clearance of the entire flight envelope and initial testing of all key systems,” the company said.

Experimental test pilots will fly about 2,500 total flight test hours with a fleet of five development airplanes.

The first A350 aircraft has been fitted with heavy test instrumentation and is being used for handling qualities evaluation along with icing, systems and powerplant testing.

A second test plane will be used for performance measurement, high altitude, hot and cold weather testing and systems and powerplant tests.

The third and fifth airplane will be equipped with a cabin and carry out cabin and cabin systems tests, including early long flights and route-proving testing.

The fourth plane will focus on external noise and lightning testing and pilot training for first customer and maintenance teams.

Entry into service is scheduled for the second half of 2014. Airbus has 678 firm orders from 34 customers for the airplane.