Airbus powered up the Trent XWB engines on the first flight-test A350 XWB on June 2 after starting up the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit (APU), as part of the preparations for the aircraft’s maiden flight.

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The first flight-test Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine has been mounted on the A380 flying test-bed (the aircraft with manufacturer’s serial number MSN 001, the first Airbus A380 built) at Airbus’ Jean-Luc Lagardère site in Toulouse.

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner with General Electric (GE) engines, an aircraft referred to as ZA005, completed its first flight at 6:29 p.m. Pacific time on June 16, following a 3-hour-and-48-minute flight over the state of Washington.

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Boeing mechanics have completed the installation of the new General Electric GEnx-2B engines on the first Boeing 747-8F in final assembly at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington.

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