Airbus and Rolls-Royce are keenly aware that Qatar Airways and Emirates, two of the most outspoken and demanding airline customers for the A350, are watching flight-tests of the Trent XWB engine like hawks—particularly as the engine endures the heat and dust of recent flight trials in the Middle East. At Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, the latest test version of the engine for the A350-900 was recently brought for evaluation under the wing of Airbus's A380 flying testbed. The ...


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