Airbus A350 XWB completes Route Proving Tour
When landing in Toulouse, France, on August 13, the composites-intensive Airbus A350 XWB successfully completed a 14-city world Route Proving tour. At the technical Route Proving the aircraft had to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations on a global scale.
The exercise took the flight test aircraft, MSN 005, across the globe on a 20-day trip flying over the North Pole, each ocean and stopping at 14 major international airports worldwide. During its tour, the aircraft flew approximately 81,700 nm (151,300 km) in some 180 flight hours, with all flights performing on schedule.