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PICTURE: A350-1000 engine fitted to A380 testbed

Airbus is preparing to commence flight-testing of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine designed to power the A350-1000.

It has fitted the powerplant to an A380 testbed, in the left-hand inboard position, the airframer confirms.

Rolls-Royce developed the upgraded engine for the largest variant of the A350, complementing the XWB-84 on the baseline -900.

Airbus is aiming to begin final assembly of the A350-1000 in the first quarter of next year.

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