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Sun, 28 Jan 2018

Airbus A350-1000 Visits Qatar

The Airbus A350-1000 visited Qatar on Saturday, as part of a special Demonstration Tour by Airbus.

 The visit was the first stop by the advanced aircraft to 12 destinations throughout the Middle East and Asia Pacific, designed to showcase the aircraft’s features to airlines and passengers.

Qatar Airways has ordered 37 of the world’s most advanced passenger aircraft. Next month it will take delivery of the very first aircraft off the Airbus assembly line in Toulouse.

Airbus A350-1000. Qatar Airways is the launch customer of the new aircraft type. Click to enlarge.

 “We are delighted to welcome the Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft to Doha as part of its Demonstration Tour. Its arrival in Doha, as the first stop on this tour, has extra special significance for the people of Qatar, as Qatar Airways is the global launch customer for this incredible technologically-advanced aircraft. With this addition to our existing modern fleet, we will continue to set the standard in air travel for years to come,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “The delivery of the world’s first commercial A350-1000 next month is highly-anticipated by Qatar Airways passengers and employees. Our expert delivery staff have been working in partnership with Airbus to ensure a prompt entry into service so we can deliver outstanding levels of comfort, thanks to the A350-1000’s spacious cabins and advanced technology. We very much look forward to welcoming the A350-1000 into our growing fleet of more than 200 aircraft.”

The test A350-1000 aircraft undertaking the 30,000 nautical mile tour, is one of three owned by Airbus, and is equipped with fully functional Business Class and Economy Class cabins.

 The A350-1000 is 23 feet longer than its sister aircraft, the Airbus A350-900, for which Qatar Airways was also the global launch customer.

 The A350-1000 offers a substantial increase in capacity with extra seating onboard, a more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine, a modified wing trailing edge and a new six-wheel main landing gear.

It also provides enhanced levels of passenger comfort, thanks to its advanced light-weight carbon composite design and high-quality interior finish.

Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft, Mr. Fabrice Brégier, said, “We are delighted that one of our A350-1000 test aircraft visited Doha as the first stop on a global Demonstration Tour to salute Qatar Airways, the global launch customer for the aircraft. At Airbus we look forward to delivering the world’s first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways in the coming weeks.” 

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