The Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft, MSN065, has completed hot weather tests at Al Ain International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.

The tests, which took place from July 4-7, involved the aircraft undergoing extreme weather conditions at temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.

According to Airbus, the objective of the tests was to check the system’s behavior with a focus on the cabin, including cooling performance on ground.

“The aircraft successfully cleared all the set parameters demonstrating its maturity and readiness to operate in scorching weather conditions,” Airbus said in a statement.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97-powered A350-1000 is the newest member of the A350 XWB family and is scheduled to enter into service in the fourth quarter of 2017. The aircraft test aircraft launched its first flight in November 2016.

Airbus said it has 211 confirmed A350-1000 orders from 12 customers. 

Linda Blachly