The Airbus A350-1000 has received type certification from the EASA and the FAA within less than a year of flight testing, the manufacturer announced Tuesday. The aircraft is Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the first A350-1000 will go to launch customer Qatar Airways by the end of the year.
The three A350-1000 flight-test aircraft have accumulated more than 1,600 flight hours, of which 150 hours Airbus dedicated to tests performed in an airline-like environment to demonstrate readiness for service entry.
“Receiving the A350-1000 Type Certification from EASA and FAA less than one year after its first flight is an incredible achievement for Airbus and for all our partners who have been instrumental in building and testing this superb widebody aircraft,” said Airbus COO and president of commercial aircraft Fabrice Brégier. “The A350-1000 benefits from the maturity of its successful brother, the A350-900, which has translated into excellent right-on-time performance. We now look forward to delivering the first aircraft to Qatar Airways by the end of the year.”
The A350-1000 and A350-900 share 95-percent systems part numbers and the same type rating. The largest of the new three-member family of composite-bodied airliners, the A350-1000 measures some 240 feet long and carries 366 passengers in a typical three-class configuration, or 40 more than the A350-900 holds. It also features a modified wing trailing edge, new six-wheel main landing gear and more powerful engines.
The aircraft has a range of 7,950 nautical miles, allowing it to support routes for emerging markets.