MIAMI — The Airbus A350-900 received FAA type certification today in Washington, D.C. The aircraft received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on September 30.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Associate Administrator Peggy Gilligan and Airbus Group Chairman Allan McArtor (photo, left to right) were among the signing authorities at the official ceremony. Airbus’s fleet of five test aircraft went through stringent certification trials, accumulating more than 2,600 flight test hours.
In October, EASA made the A350-900 the first jet to be approved before entry into service for ETOPS beyond 180 minutes. Thanks to that approval, the A350 XWB will be able to fly up to 370 minutes on one engine, a great selling point to potential airline customers.
The A350 XWB is all-new mid-size, long-range widebody jet that was launched on July 16, 2006, with an original service entry date in 2013. The launch customer for the type was Qatar Airways, which originally ordered 60 in June 2005, and has since boosted that order to 80 aircraft. The carrier plans to begin flying the A350 in January 2015 between Doha and Frankfurt.
The A350 has 750 orders from 39 customers, including: Air China; British Airways; Ethiopian; Hawaiian Airlines; and TAM. The -900 version has a range of 7,750nm, seats 315 and is powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.