Next-generation Airbus A350 gets go-ahead

EU authorities has given the go ahead for Airbus' new long-haul A350 plane to start flying.

Deliveries of the next-generation aircraft will be sent to its first client Qatar Airways shortly.

The new A350 plane has been manufactured to help the European airline catch up with Boeing's efforts to create long-haul, fuel-efficient planes.

Using light composite materials, the A350-900 reduces fuel consumption and costs.

'Airbus demonstrated that the aircraft complies with the regulatory safety and environment requirements defined by EASA (the European Aviation Safety Agency) for the European Union,' the EU aviation watchdog said in a statement. 'This EASA certificate guarantees that the A350-900 is set for delivery from a safety and environment point of view.'

In August, the plane completed its 20-day 'route proving' round the world trip to test the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations.

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