A350-1000 certified

The Airbus A350-1000 has received European Aviation Safety Agency and US Federal Aviation Administration type certification after completing a year-long, 1,600-flying hour certification testing campaign. The milestone clears the way for Airbus to deliver the initial customer A350- 1000, A7-ANA (msn 88), to launch operator Qatar Airways. This aircraft was pictured completing its first Rolls- Royce Trent XWB-97 engine runs at Toulouse on December 2; the jet was scheduled to have been delivered to Qatar by the end of December. Most of the initial A350-1000 deliveries will be to Qatar Airways, but two aircraft for Cathay Pacific Airways (B-LXA and B-LXB) are also in assembly. Airbus has so far amassed 169 orders for the A350-1000, the largest and longestrange A350 variant. Mark Broadbent