Airbus A350 Lands in Doha; Next Stop Singapore

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[HD video below] Qatar Airways this week welcomed the Airbus A350 XWB as it made its first-ever landing at Qatars state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport (HIA), before departing for its next stop, the Singapore Airshow.

The arrival of the A350 XWB to Doha from its Airbus base in Toulouse was a unique opportunity for both Airbus flight crew as well as HIA air traffic control and ground officials to experience landing the new mid-sized wide-body jet on HIAs brand new 4,850-metre eastern runway engineered to meet the requirements of the worlds biggest and most advanced aircraft.

HIAs dual runway system comprises a 4,850-metre eastern runway and a 4,250-metre western runway that are two kilometers apart. Designed for superior runway efficiency, it will be able to handle an incredible 100 aircraft every hour.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, This is yet another key milestone in Qatars aviation progress. We have been steadily investing in our infrastructure to enable us to stay ahead of the latest developments in the global aviation sector. Hamad International Airport, which was built for advanced aircraft such as the Airbus A350 XWB, is our flagship asset and will soon be the new home of Qatar Airways and our modern fleet of aircraft, including the A350 XWB family.

Now in its advanced flight test program phase, the efficient A350 XWB airliners are scheduled to enter into commercial service in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Qatar Airways has ordered 80 aircraft to date, leaning towards the larger A350-900 and A350-1000 models, which better suit its business model and passenger requirements.

Over 70% of the A350 XWBs weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53%), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The aircrafts innovative all-new Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance.

It was certainly a proud and symbolic occasion for Qatar Airways and our team of air traffic and ground control crew at HIA to experience landing the new A350 at our new airport, as it gave us a unique glimpse into the exciting developments around the corner, concluded Al Baker.

Representing one third the size of the city of Doha, HIA spans 22 square km, and is one of the most elaborate Greenfield airport projects in the world today. Its state-of-the-art design aims to set a new global standard in commercial aviation. Upon initial opening, it will accommodate up to 24 million passengers, and up to 50 million by 2015. With its dual runway system, it will have the capacity to handle up to 360,000 aircraft annually, approximately 2.5 times more than the current airport.

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