The Airbus A350 XWB is expecting to win European certification next Tuesday, according to the manufacturer.
The Airbus A350XWB expecting to win certification next Tuesday.
This approval will allow Airbus newest wide-body jetliner to enter service once the first production model has been tested and delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, which the companies expect to happen in the fourth quarter.
The competitor of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was developed at an estimated cost of $15 billion.
In a larger version to be developed, the A350 is also expected to compete with Boeing’s larger 777.
After more than year of flight trials, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration are expected to give their approvals simultaneously, but without the glitzy celebrations which marked the certification of the A380 superjumbo in 2006.
Airbus officials said last week the certification could take place in coming days. The company declined further comment. EASA was not immediately available for comment.
Airbus had set a September target for the first flight of its upgraded A320neo, which took place on Thursday, and for the certification of the A350.
The A350 XWB test aircraft MSN5 will fly to Turkey for the first time ever and be the star of Airbus’ presence at the 10th Istanbul airshow between September 25th-28th 2014 at Istanbul Ataturk airport.
The A350 XWB will arrive on September 25th and be open to media and airline visitors during the morning of September 26th. The aircraft is scheduled to depart from Istanbul returning to its home base in Toulouse on the evening of the 26th September.
Visitors are welcome on Airbus stand (in hall 1 B-03) where a 1:20 scale model of the A350 XWB will be exhibited. Airbus teams will be delighted to explain more about the A350 XWB, the world’s most advanced passenger jet, as well as Airbus’ full range of aircraft offering maximum benefits to the airlines without compromising on passengers’ comfort.
Airbus’s family of widebody aircraft is the most advanced and wide-ranging product portfolio in the 200 to over 500 seat market segment. These planes offer airlines the smartest, most efficient way to capitalize on the extraordinary growth in medium and long-haul air travel especially to and from Turkey where traffic is growing at faster pace than the world’s average.
Airbus and Turkey have a long history of partnership. For more than two decades, Airbus has been providing Turkish customers with the most modern and comprehensive family of aircraft on the market, and today there are over 200 Airbus passenger and freighter aircraft in operation with Turkish operators. Airbus considers Turkey to be a strategic industrial partner and is committed to long-term mutually beneficial industrial cooperation. This is demonstrated by the placement of work packages that include transfer of technology and which help to build skills and competences in the highly competitive Turkish aviation industry.
Source: Airbus Media Room
Airbus’ MSN005 developmental A350 XWB jetliner continues on the third trip of its global route-proving tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations. In this phase, the aircraft received warm welcomes in Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Santiago, Chile then flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil before returning to Toulouse, France.
The fifth and final A350 XWB flight test aircraft – which is designated MSN005 – took to the skies for the first time on 20 June 2014. This milestone maiden flight confirmed that the A350 XWB development programme is operating at full speed and on track for certification during the third quarter of 2014. As the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 XWB, MSN005 will be tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation.
Airbus Media Room
Airbus has successfully performed certification testing to demonstrate the A350 XWB’s ability to operate on wet runways. During these tests at Istres, France, the flight-test aircraft, MSN004, travelled through troughs containing at least 22mm of water depth, at a variety of speeds, starting at 60kts, and successively increasing to around 140kts.
A350 XWB MSN004 successfully undertakes water ingestion tests at Istres in May 2014
This test validates how the aircraft would behave on a very rain-soaked runway, and verifies that neither the water under the aircraft nor the spray generated by the nose landing gear will enter the engines or APU. For the test, the “water trough” was created by applying to the runway’s surface grooves and rubber strips inserted in the grooves to retain the water. This pool measured 100m long by 29m wide. The aircraft performed several runs as planned in order to test various cases, including the use of reverse thrust. The results will be analysed by the Airbus Design Office, which will extrapolate them to predict a variety of typical operational scenarios.
The A350 XWB’s is on track for certification in Q3 2014, to be followed by entry into service with Qatar Airways in Q4. The first four A350s now flying have together accumulated around 1,600 flight-test hours and over 350 flights. The flight-test fleet will be completed with the fifth aircraft, MSN005, in the coming weeks.
The introduction of innovative training for Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB jetliner is reinforcing the company’s focus on pilot competencies. To provide self-paced functional learning for theory and practice, the Airbus Cockpit Experience (ACE) trainer utilizes a “learning by discovery” approach. Hands-on training is also introduced at an early stage with the Airbus Pilot Transition (APT) trainer and Full Flight Simulator (FFS).
Airbus produces great high quality videos. Here is one of the last ones, the A350XWB flight test campaign.
Since Feb 26, 2014, Airbus has doubled from two to four the number of A350 WXB flight test aircraft with the simultaneous maiden flights of MSN2 and MSN4 – both of which were performed from Toulouse, France. MSN2 is the first developmental aircraft to feature a full passenger cabin, allowing Airbus to begin validating all related systems; while MSN4 will be used for multiple test activities – including low-weight flight envelope certification and external noise measurements among others.
On Thursday 2nd January 2014 Airbus rolled-out its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2, from the paint shop in Toulouse, marking yet another successful milestone on the path to entry-into-service in Q4 2014. As well as featuring a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials, this aircraft is also the first of two A350 flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior.
MSN2 will join the A350 XWB flight test fleet in the coming weeks and will be the first A350 to transport passengers when it undertakes the Early Long Flights (ELF) later in the year.
Composite materials in Airbus aircraft have seen a step-by-step introduction that started with the A310 which was first rolled-out in February 1982. Benefiting from over 30 years of composite material experience, 53% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) including Airbus’ first carbon-fibre fuselage.
Source: Airbus Press Release