The A350-1000 has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after less than a year of intensive flight testing. The certification enables the aircraft to enter commercial service and the company revealed that the newly certified Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine-powered aircraft is now on target for first customer delivery by the year end.
Trévor Woods, EASA’s certification director, signed the EASA A350-1000 Type Certification document, while the FAA A350-1000 Type Certification document was signed by FAA’s international section manager, Bob Breneman. Both certificates were then handed over to Airbus executive vice president, engineering, Charles Champion.
“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,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and president commercial aircraft.
“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.”
The three A350-1000 flight test aircraft accumulated over 1,600 flight hours, of which 150 flight test hours were completed with the same aircraft in an airline-like operational environment to demonstrate its readiness for entry into service. Intensive flight test trials that have taken the airframe and systems beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully meets all airworthiness criteria were also carried out.
November 23, 2017