Third Air­bus H160 flies

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The third Air­bus H160 pro­to­type made its first flight on 13 Oc­to­ber. With cabin con­fig­u­ra­tion sim­i­lar to that planned for pro­duc­tion mod­els, it will sup­port flight test and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grammes to en­sure the type’s level of ma­tu­rity ahead of customer ser­vice en­try in 2019.

“The third pro­to­type in­cor­po­rates a sig­nif­i­cant amount of mod­i­fi­ca­tions based on feed­back re­sult­ing from the first two years of test­ing by de­vel­op­ment, pro­duc­tion and sup­port teams,” said Bernard Fu­jarski, Se­nior Vice-president of the H160 pro­gramme. “It plays an es­sen­tial role in de­liv­er­ing a ma­ture air­craft at en­try into ser­vice, and it is also closer to the se­rial def­i­ni­tion with its in­te­rior lin­ing and trans­port cabin con­fig­u­ra­tion.”

The first two H160 pro­to­types have logged more than 500 flight hours since the model’s maiden flight in June 2015. The first ver­sion to en­ter ser­vice in 2019 will be for com­mer­cial air trans­port and off­shore sup­port for the oil and gas in­dus­tries, fol­lowed by an EMS vari­ant.

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