It’s great news for Airbus and their latest aircraft as the EASA A350-900 Type Certificate was signed today by EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky.
The document was handed over to Airbus’ Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus’ A350 XWB Chief Engineer, Gordon McConnell. After this it is hoped that the Rolls-Royce powered aircraft (Trent XWB engines) should soon achieve Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
“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,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
“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. 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 A350-900 Type Certification comes after successfully finishing a stringent programme of certification trials which has taken its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure all airworthiness criteria are fully met.
With the A350 XWB Airbus see there all-new mid-size long range aircraft as a leading widebody family option for airlines. The A350 XWB combines passenger comfort, technological innovation and its unique industrial process allowing the A350 to set new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.