Posted on: 30 September 2014 by Mark Howells
On 30 September, the Airbus A350-900 aircraft received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), signed by EASA’s executive director Patrick Ky.
“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 fantastic, new generation aircraft. The A350-900 is now ready to fly from the nest and be enjoyed by airlines and passengers,” announced Fabrice Brégier, CEO and president of Airbus. “The A350 XWB embodies many extra innovative technologies which make all the difference in passenger comfort and airline efficiency.
“The A350 XWB manufacturing programme has also been innovative and ambitious, aiming for a fully mature aircraft at entry into service and this is what we are proud to be delivering to our first A350 XWB customer, Qatar Airways, before the end of the year,” continued Brégier. “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.”
Airbus believes this will soon be followed by certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US. By the end of May 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide including 10 from AirAsia Group for long-haul, low-fare service operated by its subsidiary AirAsia X.