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A350 MSN3 Completes Cold Weather Testing in Iqaluit, Canada

January 31, 2014



Airbus' A350 XWB MSN3 development aircraft, with a team of 48 Airbus specialists, has completed cold weather trials at Iqaluit, Canada.

During the trials, temperatures fell as low as -28C.

The scope of the trials included: APU and engine starts after cold soak; verifying system behaviour; low-speed taxi and rejected take-offs. It also performed a local flight as planned.

This latest phase of the development test programme comes only days after MSN3's completion of the high altitude tests in Bolivia.

Since the A350 XWB's first flight with MSN1 on 14 June 2013, over 900 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3.

In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft.

The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.

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