Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The Airbus A350 XWB received type certification for airworthiness from the European Aviation Safety Agency on Sept. 30. Federal Aviation Administration certification of the plane, also called the A350-900, will follow. The A350 XWB is Airbus' all-new mid-size long range product line and the newest member of the wide-body family. Launch customer Qatar Airlines is expected to begin flying the plane before the end of the year. (Sources: Airbus, Derby Telegraph, 09/30/14) Note: The jetliner is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.