The beleaguered Airbus A380, has received certification from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The A380 can now be legally registered and operated commercially throughout EU and US airspace - the two most important international flight routes.'This double seal of approval represents a key milestone for the A380 programme. It recognises the quality of the work performed by all those who have worked hard for many years on the development of this superb, new technology leading aircraft. My thanks go to all of them, including to the EASA and FAA teams, for this outstanding achievement,' said Louis Gallois, Airbus President and CEO.The certifications comes after 18 months of flight tests, where the aircraft successfully met its expected performance in both fuel burn and range. The flight tests included extreme weather trials, taking the aircraft from the cold of northern Canada, to the heat of the Gulf and hot and high altitudes of Ethiopia and Colombia.The A380 is expected to deliver to Singapore Airlines in October 2007. It will have a maximum capacity of 853 passengers and range of 15,000km.