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Airbus A350 XWB receives European type certification

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Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on Sept. 30 that the composites-intensive A350-900 XWB has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Airbus says it expects U.S. 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’ A350 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 fantastic, new-generation aircraft. The A350-900 is now ready to fly from the nest and be enjoyed by airlines and passengers,” says 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 program 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,” Brégier adds.
 
The A350-900 Type Certification comes after successfully finishing a stringent program of certification trials which has taken its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure all airworthiness criteria are fully met.
 
At the end of May 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. 
 
 
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