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30 September 2014
30. September 2014 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus A350-900 receives EASA Type Certification

A350-900 receives EASA Type Certification in Toulouse 1

Major milestone achieved on time, on cost and on quality

A350 XWB is 'Good to go' as it obtains its certification

The A350 XWB received its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30th September 2014, which paves the way for the jetliner’s planned first customer delivery to Qatar Airways in the fourth quarter. The A350 XWB’s on-time certification process – which included initial evaluations with suppliers and on test rigs, a rigorous flight test campaign and the global route-proving tour – is a years-long process to ensure the aircraft’s readiness and maturity at service entry. This video explains the key steps along the way. Read less Read more

The world’s latest generation commercial airliner, the A350-900, has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30th September 2014. The certified 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 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,” 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.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line and the newest member of Airbus' leading widebody family. The A350 XWB stands out in its class thanks to its combination of passenger comfort, technological innovation and its unique industrial process. Built hand-in-hand with our customers, the A350 XWB sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of May 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide.
A350-900 receives EASA Type Certification in Toulouse 1

From left to right on 30 September 2014: Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO– Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA– Tom Enders, Airbus Group Chief Executive Officer– Gordon McConnell, A350 XWB Chief Engineer– Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering– and Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President, Head of A350 XWB Programme

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