Airbus has secured type certification for the A350-900 from Russian authorities, ahead of the delivery of the type to flag-carrier Aeroflot.

Russian air transport regulator Rosaviatsia’s official documentation shows the type certificate was drawn up on 13 December.

Airbus says the approval is an “important step” and has been granted following “extensive collaboration” between the airframer and the Russian agency.

Aeroflot has 14 A350-900s on order, after it trimmed eight -800s from its original agreement for 22 A350s. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Rosaviatsia’s type certificate only covers the -900 variant. No other Russian operator has direct orders for the A350.

Aeroflot’s initial aircraft is to be delivered with a revised livery, which replaces the silver fuselage with white and features bolder titles for the carrier. It also enlarges the Russian flag design on the vertical fin.