Qatar Airways received the world’s first Airbus A350-1000 and became the aircraft’s global launch customer before an audience of international media at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. It is the first Airbus aircraft to be fitted with Qatar Airways’ revolutionary Qsuite Business Class seat.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, participated in the press conference in Toulouse along with the Airbus President and Chief Operating Officer, Fabrice Brégier; and President of Defense Aerospace Rolls-Royce, Chris Chorleton.
Qatar’s Minister of Finance and Chairman of Qatar Airways Group, His Excellency Ali Shareef Al Emadi, said: “This is a very proud day for the State of Qatar, as Qatar AIrways becomes the global launch customer for the world’s most techno-logically 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 testa-ment to Qatar Airways’ commitment to continued expansion.”
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “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. It will become a firm part of the Qatar Airways fleet, making us the biggest operator in the world of this aircraft type and maintain our status as flying one of the youngest fleets in the sky, with an aver-age age of just five years.
“The Qatar Airways A350-1000 will keep us ahead of the curve and allows us to continue to offer our passengers the outstanding levels of comfort and style that they expect from Qatar Airways. And at 23 feet longer than the A350-900, it will also enable us to substantially increase our capacity on the routes on which we operate it, offering 46 Business Class seats in our award-winning and revolution-ary Qsuite, and 281 extra-wide 18-inch seats in Economy Class.
“Combine this with its cutting-edge light-weight carbon composite design, incred-ibly fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the additional revenue ben-efits generated by the A350’s lowest seat mile cost in its class, and its excellent reliability record, and you have an unbeatable aircraft on which we will offer our world-famous award-winning five-star service.”
Airbus President and Chief Operating Officer, Fabrice Brégier, said: “It is a huge source of pride for Airbus to deliver the very first A350-1000 to our launch customer Qatar Airways. Bringing major advantages in fuel and cost efficiency along with unmatched passenger comfort, the A350-1000 is the ideal aircraft to showcase Qatar Airways’ legendary customer service. With its greater capacity compared to the A350-900, the newest widebody will play a major role on the carrier’s busiest long-haul routes and will contribute to strengthen their position at the forefront of the aviation industry.”
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The airline is launch-ing a host of exciting new destinations planned for 2018, including Thessaloniki, Greece and Cardiff, U.K, to name just a few.