Ever working on expanding its fleet, Qatar Airways has taken delivery of three more Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, boosting its inventory of this aircraft type to 52.
All three of the new A350-1000 are fitted with the business class seat, Qsuite, and will be deployed to operate strategic long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Passenger travelling onboard the airline’s Airbus A350-1000s can make the most of the widest cabin body and seats of any class with larger windows; advanced air system technology, including HEPA filters that deliver optimal cabin air quality, renewing air every two-to-three minutes; LED mood lighting that mimics a natural sunrise and sunset to help reduce the effects of jet lag; and the quietest cabin of any twin-aisle aircraft that includes a draft-free air circulation system resulting in a low ambient cabin noise level.
Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker enthused: “Qatar Airways is one of the few global airlines to have never stopped flying throughout this crisis. As one of the only airlines to continue taking delivery of new aircraft at this time, our strategic investment in modern, fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft has enabled us to continue flying taking over 2.3 million people home on more than 37,000 flights since the start of the pandemic. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, we will continue to fly greener and smarter by keeping our fleet of Airbus A380 grounded, as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.
“Environmentally conscious passengers can travel with the reassurance that Qatar Airways continuously monitors the market to assess both passenger and cargo demand to ensure it operates the most efficient aircraft on each route. Rather than being forced to fly oversized aircraft due to limited aircraft options, reducing the flexibility for passengers to travel when they want, Qatar Airways has a variety of sustainable aircraft it can choose from to offer more flights with the right capacity in each market. Passengers can also rely on our airline operate an honest schedule of flights with our mixed fleet giving us the ability to maintain services, and upgrade or downgrade aircraft size depending on passenger demand,” HE Al Baker added.
Qatar Airways has found that the A350 aircraft saves a minimum of 16 tonnes of carbon dioxide per block hour compared to the A380. Until passenger demand recovers to appropriate levels, the airline will continue to keep its A380 aircraft grounded, only operating commercially and environmentally responsible aircraft.