Industry Airbus A350-1000 receives type certification
- Maurits Eisenblätter
Airbus has announced, that the A350-1000 has received its type certification. The document was officially signed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airbus plans to deliver the first customer A350-1000 to Qatar Airways by the end of the year.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President Commercial Aircraft said: “Receiving the A350-1000 Type Certification from EASA and FAA less than one year after its first flight is an incredible achievement for Airbus and for all our partners who have been instrumental in building and testing this superb widebody aircraft,” He further explained: “The A350-1000 benefits from the maturity of its successful brother, the A350-900, which has translated into excellent right-on-time performance. We now look forward to deliver the first aircraft to Qatar Airways by the end of the year.”
For Airbus, the type certification is a milestone. In less than a year after first flight, the three A350-1000 testing aircraft flew over 1,600 flight hours. During the tests, all systems must be taken beyond their designed limit to ensure, that all airworthiness criteria are fulfilled. Further, one testbed was configured in an airline like environment, to test its performance for entry into commercial service. The Airbus A350-1000 features 2 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines and can seat 366 passengers in typical seating (maximum 440 pax). Due to the longer fuselage, the aircraft can accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900. Fuselage and wing of the A350 XWB are made of composite carbon-fibre plastic and are more efficient than their successors. As of this month, 169 A350-1000 from 11 customers have been ordered.
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