04 August 2014

These are some of the problems detected during A350-900 flight test campaign

With the A350, “what has pleased me most is that we have initiated a lot of ground testing,” says Fernando Alonso, the Airbus executive in charge of flight testing. “We have made significant improvements relative to other aircraft programs.”

Mr Alonso adds that the test flights identified some problems, including with the doors for the landing gear and with software that controls the brakes. 

“All these are normal – that is why we do flight tests,” he says. “We have not found anything ‘Oh my God, I don’t know how to handle this’.”

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Based on the article “Airbus bets on timely take-off for A350 despite past delays” published in The Financial Times.

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