Airbus A350-1000 Certified for Airline Service, Ready for First Delivery
The Airbus A350-1000, the longest-fuselage version of Airbus’ A350 XWB jetliner, has received Type Certification from the European and U.S. airworthiness authorities.
Following these certifications, the first A350-1000 will now be delivered to the launch customer Qatar Airways which is planned to take place before the end of the year.
This milestone occurred less than one year after the A350-1000’s maiden flight on November 24, 2016 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, where the A350 XWB final assembly line is located.
The airworthiness Type Certificate approval was formally presented to Airbus yesterday by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Demonstrating the A350 XWB Family’s flexibility, the A350-1000 and A350-900 feature a high level of commonality with 95% common system part numbers
The A350-1000 is seven metres longer than the A350-900 which translates into greater capacity, accommodating 366 passengers in standard 3-class configuration.
With over 40 more seats than the A350-900, the A350-1000 is well suited for some of the airline industry’s busiest long-haul routes.
To date 11 customers have ordered a total of 169 A350-1000s. Combined bookings for both the A350-1000 and A350-900 stood at 858 from 45 customers as of 31 October.