December 22, 2014 - The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) congratulates Airbus on the first delivery of the A350 XWB to Qatar Airways – the first delivery out of close to 800 orders for this new generation widebody aircraft. In addition, this is the first certification of an entire aircraft programme by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
“This is another milestone in the successful story of European civil aircraft development and manufacturing. The A350 XWB programme has been made possible thanks to a large number of European suppliers and building on many successful research and technology projects at European and National levels. At ASD, we’re proud to contribute to the continuing success of the European aviation sector,” said ASD Secretary General Jan Pie.