The Airbus A350-900 received Type Certification on Wednesday 12 November from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Airbus reports. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The FAA’s seal of approval follows the A350-900 Type Certification awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30 September.
The A350-900’s respective FAA and EASA certification awards come after Airbus successfully finished a 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- in the words of Airbus – developed for a commercial airliner.