Airbus A350-1000 passes latest testing stage before launch

Airbus A350-1000 passes latest testing stage before launch

The A350-1000, the newest member of Airbus’ leading wide-body family, has successfully completed its functional and reliability testing.

The news brings the aircraft a step closer to type certification, which will hopefully be secured this month.

The first customer delivery to Qatar Airways will follow in the coming weeks.

The testing took the flight test aircraft, MSN065, across Europe and South America.

The A350-1000 completed its exercise after landing in Toulouse, France on November 1st, coming from Barranquilla, Colombia.

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In less than two weeks the aircraft flew approximately 35,200 nm, representing 150 flight hours, as per certification requirements.

These latest tests were part of an intensive flight test campaign which started less than one year ago designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations.

The A350-1000 test flight was operated by Airbus flight test crews with the participation of Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

The A350-1000 is the latest member of Airbus’ leading wide-body family, showing high level of commonality with the A350-900 with 95 per cent common systems part numbers and same type rating.

As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900 (in a typical three-class configuration), the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.