Airbus Test Flight With Engine Alliance Engines A Success
August 28, 2006 18:27 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 (Bernama) -- The first A380 Airbus aircraft powered by Engine Alliance engines completed its maiden flight last Friday, with the touch down at Blagnac International Airport in Toulouse, France.
The A380 MSN9 with registration number F-WWEA, is powered by four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines which have the capability of delivering a thrust up to 81,500 pounds each, Airbus said in a statement here Monday.
Airbus said the aircraft was equipped with heavy flight test instrumentation and ballast to produce take-off weight of 430 tonnes.
"The A380 airframe and engines are the world's most advanced using the latest generation materials and systems to significantly reduce weight and boost performance and economy.
"With 159 firm orders from a total of 16 customers, the first of the Engine Alliance GP7200-powered A380's marks another milestone in what is destined to become the flagship commercial aircraft of the 21st century," it said.