—Airbus aims to achieve “an unprecedented level of system maturity” for its A350XWB twinjet well before the aircraft’s first flight, according to Didier Evrard, who heads the A350XWB Program. “Maturity at first flight will be a major challenge because, at that point, lots of components for the aircraft will already be in production and repair schemes agreed,” he says. To accomplish this, Evrard says Airbus will use digital mock-ups, virtual testing and actual functionality testing to ...

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