Airbus announced that it has received the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certificate for its A350-1000, on November 21.
The certification of the largest twin widebody in Airbus family is awarded one year after the first flight of the aircraft. It has also been certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The launch operator of the new plane is Qatar Airways, which expects delivery of their first A350-1000 before the end of the year. The widebody is currently on the final assembly line and should be transferred to the flight line in early December.
Alain de Zotti, A350 chief engineer, confirmed that the aircraft test campaign went smoothly and it met or exceeded all targets set. Three test aircraft were used that covered 1,600 hours.
Currently, Airbus has 169 firm orders for the A350-1000 from 11 customers.