11 March 2014

A350 flight test program; 44.6% of the hours accumulated in 42% of the time.

Comparing the 3 ongoing flight test programs (787-9, CSeries and A350), AirInsight summarizes the progress that each one is showing.

The A350 program continues to rack up hours.  So does the 787-9; with the proviso that the hours shown are likely lower than actual. Bombardier got off to a slow start and compared to the other two programs.

AirInsight continues to believe that there is an excellent chance the A350 set for delivery to Qatar could be handed over early. “The flight test program looks to be in good shape –44.6% of the hours accumulated in 42% of the time”.

“The Boeing story is less clear given the opaque information.  However various sources express the view that Boeing is doing very well and is set to deliver to Air New Zealand on time.“

“Bombardier’s program shows how much the slow start has impacted. However to their credit they got their 3rd aircraft flying (FTV3).  Since all flight test programs are back-loaded, they could catch a lot of the time. 

Based on the article “Flight Test Program Update” published in AirInsight.

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