Newest Airbus Widebody On Track to Type Certification With Latest Milestone

By S.L. Fuller | November 2, 2017
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Photo by Camilo Andres Rodriguez, courtesy of Airbus

Airbus’ A350-1000 is on track to be EASA-certificated before the end of the month. The manufacturer said this newest member of the widebody family has successfully completed its functional and reliability testing.

As part of the test, the aircraft flew across Europe and South America. It started in Barranquilla, Colombia, and ended its exercise Wednesday in Toulouse, France. Airbus said that in less than two weeks, the A350-1000 flew 35,200 nm, representing 150 flight hours required for certification.

Qatar Airways is set to take the first A350-1000 delivery in the weeks following type certification.

Airbus said the A350-1000 has 95% common systems part numbers as the A350-900, as well as a same type rating. The A350-1000, though, has a longer fuselage, a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and a more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

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