Qatar Airways receives first A350-1000 order from Airbus

Delivery of Qatar's first A350-1000 boosts belly capacity on global cargo network

Delivery of Qatar's first A350-1000 boosts belly capacity on global cargo network

Civil Aerospace, attended a formal aircraft handover ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The event marks the start of a series of first aircraft deliveries for Rolls-Royce, with its engines also due to power the Airbus A330neo and the Boeing 787-10 into service in the coming months.

"The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, offering the first ever double bed in business class", Airbus said in the statement.

Qatar's Minister of Finance and Chairman of Qatar Airways Group, His Excellency Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, said: "As a nation, we are tremendously proud to accept this aircraft as part of Qatar Airways' fleet by bringing it to Doha". As a result, the longer variant of the aircraft is capable of seating 44 additional passengers.

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"Qatar Airways always demands the very best for its customers, so it is right that we are the first airline in the world to fly the Airbus A350-1000". "We look forward to providing our customers with continued award-winning service from day one with this latest aircraft". With a 7m-longer fuselage, the A350-1000 space for premium cabin products is 40% larger than its smaller sibling, the A350-900. The first aircraft fully-fitted with Qsuite was launched on the Doha-London route last summer on the B777, and was soon followed by service to Paris and NY, with service to Washington, D.C. launched most recently last month.

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". There's also increased capacity for "cabin temperature zones", hospital grade filters for air circulation and more than 16 million LED ambient light settings which can be used to minimize jet lag.

In August 2017, Qatar Airways launched flights to Sohar, its third and most recent destination in the sultanate.

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