The first flight of a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine kicks off a busy year for the lone engine supplier for the Airbus A350 twin-widebody as a raft of tests and design choices have to be accomplished to keep the program on track. The test flight on an Airbus A380 took place in Toulouse, France, on Feb. 18, and lasted more than five hours, reaching an altitude of 43,000 ft. and speeds of up to Mach 0.9, according to Airbus. The Trent XWB was the inner-left engine, and the other powerplants ...
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