Airlines Qatar Airways receives first ever A350-1000
Qatar Airways has received the world´s first Airbus A350-1000 in Toulouse, France. A ceremony was held to celebrate the first delivery.
The first A350-1000 for Qatar Airways, registered as A7-ANA, has been delivered, and is one of altogether 37 A350-1000 ordered by the Gulf airline. The aircraft features a new cabin with Qsuite seats, which offer the first ever double bed in Business class.
Originally, the delivery was planned in the fourth Quarter of 2017, but got postponed several times.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker stated: “Qatar Airways always demands the very best for its customers, so it is right that we are the first airline in the world to fly the Airbus A350-1000 [...] This remarkable state-of-the-art aircraft will become a firm part of Qatar Airways fleet and will keep us ahead of the curve, allowing us to continue to offer our passengers outstanding levels of comfort and service”.
Currently, Qatar Airways operates 20 Airbus A350-900 and is the largest A350 XWB customer with 76 aircraft on order.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus, said: “It is a huge pride for us to deliver the very first A350-1000 to our launch customer Qatar Airways. Bringing major advantages in fuel and cost efficiency along with unmatched passenger comfort, the A350-1000 is the ideal aircraft to showcase Qatar Airways’ legendary customer service. With its greater capacity compared to the A350-900, the newest widebody will play a major role on the carrier’s busiest long-haul routes and will contribute to strengthen their position at the forefront of the aviation industry.”
In December 2017, Qatar Airways has ordered 50 Airbus A321Neo ACF. Furthermore, the airline plans to take delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX in 2018. However, the airline will send the aircraft into service at its subsidiary Air Italy.
Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar and headquartered in Doha. The airline operates with a fleet of over 200 aircraft, including Airbus A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, A350, A380, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787. Qatar Airways is partner in the Oneworld alliance and flies to over 150 destinations worldwide.
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