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
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.”
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.
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
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.”