Airbus Gears Up for A350-900 Service Entry

A350 XWB

After gaining 370-minute Etops certification for the A350-900 earlier this month, Airbus continues preparations for entry into service with additional approvals such as in-cockpit Wi-Fi and A330 common type rating (CTR), while also expanding parts inventories near customer bases. Airbus has received regulatory approval for A330/A350 CTR, meaning that pilots current and qualified on the […]

World’s largest passenger plane gets more U.S. routes

Airbus A380

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) became the latest U.S. airport to land service on the Airbus A380 last week, joining seven other U.S. airports that already have regular flights on the double-decked airliner. The A380, so big that it’s been dubbed a “superjumbo” jet, isn’t new to the United States. It’s been flying here since 2008, when […]

Airbus Preparing A350-900 For First Delivery

Five A350 formation flight 3

With European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification now in place for the A350-900, Airbus is shifting gears to prepare for first delivery of the aircraft and a steep production ramp-up. EASA issued the type certificate for the Airbus A350-900 on Sept. 30 following an almost flawless flight-test campaign that started in June 2013 and involved […]

What Emirates’ A350 Order Cancellation Means for Boeing and Airbus

Emirates Boeing Fleet

Airbus suffered a huge setback when its most-prized customer, Emirates , cancelled a multibillion-dollar deal for 70 A350-XWBs in June. What rubbed salt into the wound was that a month later, the Gulf carrier confirmed the order for 150 Boeing 777Xs. This has raised several questions regarding the relationship Emirates shares with the aviation majors. […]

Airbus to bring back lithium-ion batteries on A350

Airbus Group will bring back lithium-ion batteries to its A350-900 from 2016 after removing the more advanced power sources from early production jets following defects on models used in Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner. The European planemaker will switch back from less-advanced nickel-cadmium batteries picked for the earlier planes, which won certification from the European Aviation […]

Airbus A350 XWB – 5 Aircraft Formation Flight

Every day, posts a cool plane spotting video for airliners. Check out all of our plane spotting videos. Want to submit your plane spotting video for consideration for Video of the Day? Message us HERE. Five Airbus A350-900 aircraft take to the skies for a short formation flight display to celebrate launching of the […]

Airbus A350-900 receives EASA Type Certification

Five A350 formation flight

The world’s latest generation commercial airliner, the A350-900, has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30th September 2014. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification will follow shortly. The EASA A350-900 Type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky. The […]

Airbus seen set to win A350 certification this week

Airbus looks set to win European safety certification for its newest airliner, the A350, on Tuesday, people familiar with the plans said. The stamp of approval will allow Europe’s 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 […]

Airbus Raises Jet demand Forecast, Sees China Growth

Airbus raised its 20-year forecast for jet demand on Wednesday, citing growth in emerging markets, with China on the brink of becoming the world’s aviation powerhouse. The European planemaker said it saw strong demand for wide-body long-distance jets as airport constraints force airlines to upgrade from smaller planes on some routes, and said it might […]