The A350-1000, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, has successfully completed its Functional & Reliability testing on November 1. Now it awaits to pass its Type Certification later this month before the first aircraft is delivered to Qatar Airways in several weeks.
The test aircraft, MSN065, had to make a flight across Europe and South Africa as part of the Functional and Reliability Testing. The starting point was in Barranquilla, Colombia and the final destination was Toulouse, France, where the widebody was welcomed at 07:00 UTC on November 1. The crew on the test flight comprised of an Airbus flight test crew and Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The aircraft managed to cover almost 35,200 nm / 65,200 km, which equals 150 flight hours, in less than 2 weeks in order to meet the certification requirements.
The readiness of the A350-1000 for airline operations had to be proven by undergoing different checks and trials, such as high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, airport turnaround and handling services, cabin systems, navigation and connectivity function performance.