November 13, 2014
Airbus A350-900 receives FAA Type Certification
The world’s latest generation commercial airliner, the A350-900, received Type Certification on November 12th from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at FAA headquarters in Washington D.C. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This milestone follows the A350-900 Type Certification awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on September 30th. The A350-900’s respective FAA and EASA certification awards come after Airbus successfully finished a stringent program of certification trials which took the A350-900 airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure all airworthiness criteria are fully met. The fleet of five test A350-900 aircraft completed the certification flight test campaign, on time, having accumulated more than 2,600 flight test hours to create and successfully achieve one of the aviation industry’s most thorough and efficient test programs ever developed for a commercial airliner. The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line and the newest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family.