Airbus delivers first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has become the launch customer for the new Airbus A350-1000, which was delivered from Toulouse to Doha on 20 February after taking part in a special formation flight with a company A350-900.
The aircraft is A7-ANA (cn 088) and is the first of 37 which the airline has on order.
“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,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, “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”.
Qatar Airways already operates 20 of the shorter A350-900s, having been the launch customer for that type too. Both aircraft feature the same cabin comfort and entertainment, including the new Qsuite seats.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus, said “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.”
It is expected that Qatar Airways’ new A350-1000 will fly on the Doha-London Heathrow route starting 24 February. It will also use the type to develop more long-haul routes to Asia with the type.