6 OCTOBER 2014
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Through what has been a very smooth pre-introduction process the Airbus A350-900 XWB, received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30 September 2014. The 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 Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA. The document was handed over to Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering of Airbus, and Gordon McConnell, Chief Engineer, Airbus A350 XWB.
“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, President and CEO of Airbus.
At the present time A350 XWB has won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. www.airbus.com
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