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EASA and FAA Issue Type Certification for Airbus A350-1000

The European Aviation Safety Agency () and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have issued Airbus with Type Certification for the Airbus , keeping the jet on schedule for delivery to Qatar Airways, its first customer, by the end of the year. The certified airplane is powered by Trent XWB-97 engines.
The EASA A350-1000 Type Certification document was signed by EASA's Certification Director, Trévor Woods, and the FAA A350-1000 Type Certification document was signed by FAA's International Section Manager, Bob Breneman. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus Executive Engineering, Charles Champion.
Obtaining type certification has come in just under a year of an extensive flight test campaign which has taken its airframe and systems beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully meets all airworthiness criteria. Type certification is a requirement of the aircraft to enable it to enter into commercial service.
The three Rolls-Royce engine-powered A350-1000 flight test aircraft successfully accumulated over 1,600 flight hours, of which 150 flight test hours were completed with the same aircraft in an airline-like operational environment, thus demonstrating its readiness for entry into service.
The A350-1000 has 95 percent commonality with the A350-900, but its longer fuselage enables it to accommodate 40 more passengers in a typical three-class configuration. The main differences are the modified wing trailing edge, six-wheel main landing gears, and the more powerful XWB-97 engines from Rolls-Royce.
To date, Airbus has received orders for 165 of the aircraft from 11 customers across 11 different countries.

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