Third Airbus H160 flies
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.