The A380 achieves key milestone with China's civil aviation authority

The A380 achieves key milestone with China's civil aviation authority

Airbus' 21st century flagship jetliner is one step closer to service entry in China with a successful operational evaluation by the country’s civil aviation administration.

26 March 2010 Feature story

Airbus' 21st century flagship jetliner has successfully passed an intensive Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) operational evaluation, marking another step towards the A380's future service entry in this growing market.

The intensive review - launched in Toulouse, France during August 2009 - verified the A380 can be operated to China Civil Aviation Regulations requirements. It is completed for all new aircraft types before service entry in the country.

The CAAC examined a wide range of areas during the evaluation, including the aircraft type rating for pilots and training specification, the dispatch standard for operations with inoperable equipment, aircraft maintenance requirements, and instructions for continued airworthiness.

On the basis of its latest report, CAAC will now validate A380 entry-into-service for airlines planning to operate the next-generation aircraft in China.

Airbus' 21st century flagship jetliner received a Validation of Type Certificate from the CAAC in December 2009. With this document, CAAC certified that the A380's design complies with Chinese aviation regulations and endorsed the original Type Certificate issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency on 12 December 2006.

The first Chinese customer for the A380 is China Southern Airlines, which ordered five of these double-deck aircraft in 2005. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during 2011. Airbus' overall fleet in China has grown from one jetliner in 1985 to more than 530 today - and covers a full range of aircraft from the single-aisle A320 Family to the widebody A330/A340.

Over four million passengers worldwide have already flown on board the A380. Twenty-six of these jetliners currently are in service with Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates and Air France, flying to 16 major destinations around the globe.