Airbus A350 XWB program hits major milestone, Thanks to EASA
BRONX | NEW YORK | October 1st
Airbus hit a major milestone with the A350 program, yesterday (September 30th) the A350 receive its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The type powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engine. The certificate was signed by EASA Executive Director and handed over to Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering,Charles Champion and the A350 Cheif Engineer, Gordon McConnell, which complete this significant milestone.
Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier, spoke about its milestone.
“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,”. “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,”
The Airbus A350 XWB Family, is a medium to long range wide body airline set to compete with the Boeing 787-9 (dash)10 and The upcoming Boeing 777X. Airbus A350 XWB, is set to be at least 6% more fuel efficient, than current generation Boeing 777, it’s lighter, with its wider cabin, it has the ability to use 9-breast seating arrangement comfortable, using 18inch seatings.
Qatar Airways is the launching carrier of Airbus new Wide-Body jet, who has 70 frames on order. Other airlines like Etihad, Air France-KLM, Japan Airlines, Ibera (IAG), all have orders for the new passenger jet. The A350 has more than 750 orders from 39 operators worldwide. First delivery to Qatar is set for November 2014, while first passenger flight schedule for December 2014.
Airbus said FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certificates for the A350 program will follow soon, currently American Airlines and United Airlines has place order for this type.