The A350-1000 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and remains on target for first customer delivery by year end.
Following an intensive flight test campaign performed in less than one year, the A350-1000 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.
The EASA A350-1000 Type Certification document was signed by EASA’s Certification Director, Trevor Woods, and the FAA A350-1000 Type Certification document was signed by FAA’s International Section Manager, Bob Breneman. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion.
The three A350-1000 flight test aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines successfully accumulated over 1,600 flight hours. Of these, 150 hours were completed with the same aircraft in an airline-like operational environment to demonstrate its readiness for entry into service. The first customer delivery, to Qatar Airways, is targeted to occur before the end of the year.
The A350-1000, which made its first flight on 24th November 2016, features a 7m fuselage stretch to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900, along with a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. The overall length of the aircraft is 73.78m.
To date, 11 customers from five continents have ordered a total of 169 A350-1000s.