Flight testing of Airbus's ultra-long-range A340-500 got underway last week, as the test programme for the higher capacity -600 enters its final stages. The 313-seater, which has a range of 16,050km (8,675nm), completed its maiden flight from Toulouse on 11 February. Two A340-500s will participate in a 340h test programme, which will culminate in certification and service entry in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the third A340-600 has recently completed cold weather trials in Iqaluit, Canada, where it was exposed to temperatures of -40°C. This version of the Rolls-Royce Trent 500 family aircraft is due for certification in May.

Source: Flight International