The A350-900 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification will follow shortly.
The EASA A350-900 type certificate was signed by EASA’s executive director, Patrick Ky. The document was handed over to Airbus’ executive vice president engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus’ 350 XWB chief engineer, Gordon McConnell.
“Receiving the A350-900 type certification from EASA is a great achievement for Airbus and for all our partners who have contributed to designing, building and certificating this aircraft. The A350-900 is now ready to fly from the nest and be enjoyed by airlines and passengers,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO.
“We are proud to be delivering to our first A350 XWB customer, Qatar Airways, before the end of the year. Our fleet of five test aircraft completed the certification campaign, on time, cost and quality. Accumulating more than 2,600 flight test hours, we created and successfully achieved one of the industry’s most thorough and efficient test programmes ever developed for a jetliner,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line and the newest member of its widebody family. Airbus said that at the end of May 2014, the A350 XWB had received 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide.