Toulouse - The European and US aviation authorities have blessed the Airbus A350-1000. With receipt of the type approval, nothing stands in the way of the first delivery.

The Airbus A350-1000 differs from the A350-900 in its 7-meter 73.59-meter fuselage, which can accommodate 40 additional passengers in a typical three-class configuration.

It is "perfectly on schedule," says Fabrice Brégier, Airbus' COO and President of Commercial Aircraft Division. "Issuing the A350-1000 certification less than a year after its first flight is a tremendous success for Airbus and all our partners involved in the development and testing process," he said. The European Aviation Safety Agency Easa and the US Federal Aviation Authority, FAA had previously given the new long-haul passenger jet an okay.

Thus, the A350-1000 is now officially approved for service. To obtain the type approval, an intensive test program has been carried out in recent months. According to Airbus, "the airframe and the systems have been stretched far beyond their design limits" in order to ensure compliance with all airworthiness criteria. The all three test aircraft have completed more than 1600 flight hours together during the certification campaign.

Longer hull, different suspension, adapted wings

The Airbus A350-1000 differs from the A350-900 in its 7-meter 73.59-meter fuselage, which can accommodate 40 additional passengers in a typical three-class configuration. In addition, it has a modified wing trailing edge, a new, six-wheeled main landing gear and stronger Rolls-Royce Trent XWB 97 engines.

Qatar Airways is expected to be the launch customer of the A350-1000. "We are now looking forward to the delivery of the first aircraft to Qatar Airways at the end of the year," Brégier said.