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Per a press release from Airbus on November 21, 2017, the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft has been granted full EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Type Certification, putting the European aircraft manufacturer for its first delivery by the year's end. By receiving the type certificate from both of these agencies, Airbus is cleared to begin delivery of the latest member of the innovative A350 aircraft family. The A350-1000 follows closely on the heels of the shorter A350-900, which began service with launch customer Qatar Airways almost exactly two years ago. Three test aircraft, powered by the all-new fuel-sipping Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine, were used in conjunction for the test campaign, which lasted over 1,600 flight hours in total.
One of the most distinctive appearances of the Airbus A350-1000 is that it contains a wider fuselage, a larger main landing gear with six wheels, a modified trailing edge for the wing, and uprated engines compared to the A350-900. Together, these enhancements allow the A350-1000 to contain roughly 40 more seats on average compared to its sibling, while preserving the welcoming and jet lag-reducing atmosphere of the A350-900. At a length of 242 ft 3 in with a three-class capacity of 369 passengers, the A350-1000 directly competes with the Boeing 777-300ER.
After the intensive test campaign of just under one year, the type certification allows the aircraft to begin commercial service with airlines. The first A350-1000 is scheduled to be delivered to original launch customer Qatar Airways before the end of the year. According to Airbus COO and President of the Commercial Aircraft Division, 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 deliver the first aircraft to Qatar Airways by the end of the year."
Are you excited about the prospect of flying on Airbus's latest and most technologically advanced airliner, the A350-1000?