The Jakarta Post
Pictured is a Qatar Airways Airbus A380. The national carrier of Qatar is said to be the first airline to fly the latest Airbus A350-1000. (shutterstock.com/Dmitry Birin /File)
Qatar Airways reportedly took a delivery of the first Airbus A350-1000 at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday.
The aircraft is the first of 42 on order. In a press release, the national carrier of Qatar is said to be the first airline to fly the latest member of the Airbus wide-body aircraft portfolio, which is scheduled go into service on the Doha-London route this month.
When compared with the previous A350-900, the new A350-1000 features 44 extra seats, with a two-class cabin of 46 award-winning Qsuite business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring 80-inch fully-flat beds and 22 inch HD in-flight entertainment screens.
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The aircraft also reportedly includes 46 suites, with the middle suites convertible to six double beds, and six quad suites.
Meanwhile, the economy class boasts 281 seats that come with 11.6-inch in-flight entertainment screens and extra space at shoulder level for passengers in window seats.
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 greater capacity than the A350-900, the newest widebody will play a major role on the carrier’s busiest long-haul routes and will contribute to strengthening their position at the forefront of the aviation industry.” (jes/asw)
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