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Airbus A350-1000 Completes Functional & Reliability Testing

The A350-1000, the newest member of Airbusí widebody family, has successfully completed its Functional & Reliability testing, bringing the aircraft a step closer to Type Certification in November 2017.

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

The Functional and Reliability Testing took the flight test aircraft, MSN065, across Europe and South America. The A350-1000  completed its exercise after landing in Toulouse, France on 1 November (07:00 UTC) coming from Barranquilla, Colombia.

Airbus A350-1000. Click to enlarge.

 In less than two weeks the aircraft flew approximately 35,200 nm / 65,200 km 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. These included: high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, airport turnaround and handling services, cabin systems, navigation and connectivity function performance.

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 (EASA).

The A350-1000 is the latest member of Airbusí widebody family, showing high level of commonality with the A350-900 with 95% 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 3-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.

 To date 11 customers from five continents have placed orders for a total of 169 A350-1000s.

See also: Will China Airlines convert its A350-900 options into orders for A350-1000?

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