06 November 2015

Flight-test program started for A350-1000 engine.

The A350-1000’s new engine has successfully made its first flight-test aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 “Flying-Test-Bed” aircraft.

Source: A380_TLS_A350

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 is the most powerful engine ever developed for an Airbus aircraft.

Source: Clement Alloing

The aircraft took off from Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse and performed a flight of 4 hours, 14 mins during which the engine covered a wide range of power settings at altitudes up to 35,000ft.

The engine’s operation and handling qualities were evaluated from low speeds to Mach 0.87.

Source: Airbus

The Trent XWB-97 development engine Serial No. 26000 was mounted on the A380’s inner left engine pylon, replacing one of the aircraft’s Trent 900 engines.

Source: Airbus

Commencing around 9 months prior to the A350-1000’s first flight, this engine flight-test program will include hot weather as well as icing condition testing campaigns, probably to be performed in Iqaluit - Nunavut, Canada.

Based on the press release “Airbus’ A350-1000 Trent XWB-97 engine begins flight-test campaign on A380 flying-test-bed”


  1. .Good to see the progress of the 97 engine

  2. The Trent-XWB-97 looks quite good on the A380. I wonder what an A380 with 4 of those engines could do in terms of take-off weight, range and fuel burn. I guess that's why a couple of the A380 customers want the A380 NEO.

  3. The natural icing campaign does not require to go in Iqualit => Condition may be found in Toulouse Area or in Alaska, pending on the test period.
    The 97K color looks wondeful on the A380 MSN001 !