Qatar Airways has taken delivery of the world’s very first Airbus A350-1000, at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France.
The new A350-1000 will be the first Airbus aircraft to be fitted with Qatar Airways’ ground-breaking Qsuite business class concept.
The airline’s chief executive, HE Akbar Al Baker held a press conference in Toulouse to celebrate the historic occasion, with high-profile attendees including president and chief operating officer, Airbus, Fabrice Brégier and president of defence aerospace, Rolls Royce, Chris Chorleton.
Chairman, Qatar Airways Group, and Minister of Finance, Qatar, HE Ali Shareef Al Emadi stated: “This is a very proud day for the State of Qatar, as Qatar Airways becomes the global launch customer for the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft.
“The Airbus A350-1000 will be a wonderful addition to our national carrier’s fleet, allowing Qatar Airways to continue to set the highest standards of excellence and quality in the industry. Today’s delivery is a testament to Qatar Airways’ commitment to continued expansion,” he added.
HE Al Baker also remarked on the momentous occasion: “Qatar Airways always demands the very best for its customers, so it is right that we are the first airline in the world to take delivery of the very first Airbus A350-1000. This remarkable state-of-the-art aircraft will be the first of 42 to be flown on our expanding global route network.”
The A350-1000 is the latest member of the Airbus wide-body aircraft portfolio. As the global launch customer, Qatar Airways will be the first airline to fly the A350-1000, which will go into service on the Doha-London route this month. The airline was also the global launch customer for the A350-900 in 2014, and now operates 21 in its fleet.
The A350-1000 features a two-class cabin of 46 award-winning Qsuite business class seats, while economy class comprises 281 seats.