Five Airbus A350s flying in formation - Image: Airbus

Five Airbus A350s flying in formation – Photo: Airbus

On September 30th, the Airbus A350 XWB received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). What better way to celebrate than to fly five Airbus A350-900 in formation? We can’t think of a better way. Luckily for us, there’s photos and video (the video is found lower in the story) for us to enjoy!

What's better than one or two A350s flying in formation? Five of course - Photo: Airbus

What’s better than one or two A350s flying in formation? Five of course – Photo: Airbus

“Receiving the A350-900 Type Certification from EASA is a great achievement for Airbus and for all our partners who have contributed to designing, building and certificating this fantastic, new generation aircraft. The A350-900 is now ready to fly from the nest and be enjoyed by airlines and passengers,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A350 XWB embodies many extra innovative technologies which make all the difference in passenger comfort and airline efficiency.”

Airbus decided to fly their test A350s in formation - Photo: Airbus

Airbus decided to fly their test A350s in formation – Photo: Airbus

Airbus’ fleet of five test A350s have accumulated over 2,600 flight hours. One of the next steps is getting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, which Airbus is hoping will follow shortly after their European peer.

BONUS: My First Flight on the Airbus A350 XWB

Since you have already been stimulated from the beauty of the aircraft in flight, it is time to educate yourself a bit on the aircraft via these fun info-graphics from Airbus:

An info-graphic on the A350 XWB from Airbus

An info-graphic on the A350 XWB from Airbus

More information on the Airbus A350 XWB from Airbus

More information on the Airbus A350 XWB from Airbus

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3 Comments
James Burke

I’m so happy that this is a real picture – I assumed when I saw it for the first time it was photoshop! The second pic – with the planes in an arrow formation – is the best

I’m a bit sad that I missed this. I’d been in Toulouse all the previous week and saw the first flight of the A320neo (VERY quiet, by the way). Unfortunately I had to be back in the UK on the 28th, I just wish I could have stayed an extra couple of days.

Oh man Ken — that is a bummer!

David

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