A350, 787-9 Mark Fast-Paced Flight Test Progress
By Guy Norris, Jens Flottau
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
February 17, 2014
With new Airbus and Boeing twinjets taking center stage at the Singapore Airshow and huge untapped market potential in the region, airlines and would-be customers are paying more attention than usual to progress on the A350-900 and 787-9 flight-test programs.
The Singapore show comes as both enter key phases of their respective certification campaigns. The A350 effort is going much better than expected, says Fernando Alonso, Airbus senior vice president for flight and integration tests. The two test aircraft flying are accumulating around 100 flight hours each per month. “In previous programs, we did around 50-55 hours per aircraft and month,” Alonso says.