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Extra impressive formation flight to mark A350 certification

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 30, 2014

A350 FORMATION FLIGHT-IN FLIGHT-02_Airbus has marked receiving type certification for its A350 widebody twin with a formation flight involving the five A350 flight test aircraft.

The largely composite construction airliner has been awarded European EASA type certification in its initial A350-900 form, with Airbus saying US FAA certification will follow “shortly”. Certification paves the way for first delivery to launch customer Qatar Airways before the end of the year.

“Our fleet of five test aircraft completed the certification campaign, on time, cost and quality. Accumulating more than 2,600 flight test hours, we created and successfully achieved one of the industry’s most thorough and efficient test programs ever developed for a jetliner,” Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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The A350-900 has been certified to two maximum takeoff weights, 268 and 275 tonnes. The aircraft has completed ETOPS testing, but EASA and the FAA have yet to announce what ETOPS limits they will grant the aircraft. Airbus says it will have some level of ETOPS clearance by service entry, and is ultimately aiming for 420 minute ETOPS approval.

Airbus celebrated the certification milestone with the release of stunning images of a formation flight by the five A350 development aircraft that took place over the Pyrenees mountain range, south of its Toulouse headquaters, on Monday.

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3 Comments

  • ssmith3104

    says:

    How can you publish this interesting blurb on-line but then say: “The A350-900 has been certified to two maximum takeoff weights, 268 and 275 tonnes”, without saying WHY, or what the consequences are? Why leave us hanging

  • Peter Singh

    says:

    I look forward to flying in the A350 real soon

  • Ian

    says:

    Whether you like the aircraft or not the Airbus PR team needs congratulating on some great photos and ultimately good advertising for the platform.

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