Inside the team that’s debugging the Airbus A350

Airbus has long been in a neck-and-neck race with Boeing for the lead in the airplane market. The company is making a big bet with the A350, a plane built with composite materials to make it lighter and more fuel-efficient. However, it’s also a plane designed from a clean slate instead of retrofitting an older design. That potentially attracts more attention — and more sales — but it also means that working out all of the bugs is a much bigger task than usual. It’s a lesson that Boeing learned the hard way with its Dreamliner, which has been famously beset with battery problems since its launch. Bloomberg Businessweek has spoken with the team tasked with debugging the A350 and detailed the “testing pyramid” that’s designed to catch…

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