Airbus conducts rejected take-off test on new A350

Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:46am EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus has carried out a high-speed rejected take-off test for its new A350 airliner, the planemaker said on Tuesday.

The test is a key step towards European safety certification which industry sources expect in late August or early September.

Airbus plans to deliver its first carbon-composite jetliner to Qatar Airways by the end of the year.

The braking trial is one of the costliest tests in the certification process and involves directing maximum energy to a set of worn-out brakes, causing an orange glow and smoke as the brakes reach a temperature of 1,400 degrees Celsius.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; editing by Jason Neely)

The Airbus Industrie A350 aircraft performs a manoeuvre above the A380 tail fin during its display at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, southern England July 14, 2014.    REUTERS/Kieran Doherty