Airbus will shortly begin testing the landing gear of the new A350 XWB aircraft in Filton, near Bristol.
The first nose landing-gear, produced by Liebherr Aerospace, has already been installed at the test facility, with the main landing gear from Messier Dowty following soon after.
Preliminary tests of all three landing gear legs will lead to the start of full integration testing towards the end of 2011.
Airbus says the tests are carried out to demonstrate the systems’s reliability and maturity as well as providing evidence for certification
Airbus hopes to build a £70m aerospace business park at Filton, bringing together 2,500 employees on one campus.
Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomed the news, which was announced when he was visiting the company.
The A350 XWB is a family of wide-body twin-engine airliners carrying 250-350 passengers over medium to long distances.
Aircraft sections will be built, equipped and tested at a number of Airbus sites, reducing the work required at the final assembly stage in Toulouse.
The first aircraft are due to enter service in 2013.
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