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A350-1000

A350-1000 Certified

Following an intensive flight test programme Airbus has been awarded the type certificate for the A350-1000 by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration. The milestone was reached in less than a year, during which the aircraft’s

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More A350s for United

United Airlines has expanded its existing order for the A350 from 35 to 45 aircraft.  The US carrier has also switched variants from the -1000 to the -900.  Despite being a long-term Airbus customer, the aircraft will be United’s first

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Airbus Delivers 100th A350 XWB

Airbus is celebrating its 100th A350 XWB delivery, less than three years after it handed over the first example to launch customer Qatar Airways in December 2014.  Taiwan’s China Airlines has taken delivery of the milestone jet, B-18908 (c/n 121),

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New Technology Set to Shine in Paris

The aviation community will descend on Le Bourget next week for the 52nd International Paris Air Show, with a plethora of new aircraft set to take centre stage. Public debutants include Mitsubishi Aircraft Company’s MRJ90, Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 and

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Airbus Completes A350-1000 Fuel Test Campaign

Airbus has successfully completed fuel system and engine tests for the A350-1000 programme. The campaign was undertaken in Cardiff, Wales, between May 3 and 4 using F-WWXL (c/n 071). Engineers from Airbus’ site at Filton, Bristol oversaw testing of the

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United Accelerates 747 Retirement

United Airlines will retire its Boeing 747 fleet in Q4, a year earlier than planned. President Scott Kirby announced that the company will bring forward the retirement of the 20-strong fleet in a message posted to employees on January 11.  “As

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Airborne! Airbus A350-1000 Takes Flight

European aerospace giant Airbus is celebrating the second of two major landmarks in as many months after the A350-1000 successfully completed its maiden flight.  Thunderstorms and torrential rain did little to dampen the occasion, which came just weeks after the

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A350’s Bigger Sister

The first Airbus A350-1000 has started final assembly on schedule in Toulouse.  The jet, one of three flight test aircraft being built, is due to make its maiden flight before the year end.  To ensure the smooth integration of the

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