Qatar Airways has officially showcased its new Boeing 787 Dreamlinerat the world’s largest aerospace event, Farnborough International Air Show.
The global debut of the airline’s new Dreamlinerin Qatar Airways’
colours marks a significant milestone for the manufacturer’s 787 Middle East launch customer, which is set to take delivery of five 787s during 2012.
CEO, Qatar Airways
, Akbar Al Baker was joined by president, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ray Conner for the international unveiling.
The aircraft later performed an aerial display, the first of three during the week-long event, which was the first time Boeing’s Dreamliner has participated in a flying show.
Al Baker said that Farnborough was the ideal platform to showcase the latest addition to Qatar Airways’ modern fleet to the travel industry, media and the wider public for the very first time.
“This is a very proud moment for Qatar Airways
and my country. As an airline, we have continued to push the boundaries and set new standards in global aviation for more than a decade to create a world-class airline,” he said.
“The delivery of the first of our 787s reinforces our commitment to continue this trend and invest in next generation aircraft, with the aim of having the youngest and most technologically advanced fleet in the industry.
“The 787 will create new benchmarks in comfort and space across both our Business and Economy cabins and continue to allow us to offer an unrivalled inflight experience and unparalleled signature five-star service onboard to existing passengers and new ones.”
The seat configuration onboard Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 is designed with Business Class configured 1–2–1 featuring 22 seats that convert into fully flat horizontal beds, while the 232-seat Economy cabin has a 3–3–3 layout.
Key features include an iTouch touch control unit, over 1,000 movies, programming and audio entertainment options, an iPort, USB port, remote data outlet, a custom designed culinary offering, plenty of storage space for personal items and more – all available in every seat across both cabin classes.
Qatar Airways is set to commercially fly the Dreamliner to the UK as the 787 prepares to make its long-haul debut between Doha and London Heathrow later this summer.