Airbus’ new widebody is a step closer to service after EASA today (September 30) granted type certification on the A350-900. The new passenger aircraft was the first from Airbus to be entirely certified by EASA and the regulator says that more than 60,000 man hours were logged during the certification process and close to 700 documents reviewed. The A350-900 completed an 81,700nm (151,300km) route proving tour last month and is expected to enter into service with launch customer Qatar Airways before the end of the year. The A350-900 can carry 315 passengers and has a range of 7,750nm (14,500km) and is powered by Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB. Ahead of the certification announcement five A350-900 aircraft completed a formation flight, see pictures on mro-network.com.