Toulouse - Airbus has reached an agreement with Qatar Airways to postpone delivery of the first A350-1000 early next year.
The European aircraft manufacturer confirmed on December 28, 2017, to Flightglobal that the delivery of the first A350-1000, was postponed until the aircraft equipped with Rolls Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, passes its "Final preparatory stages."
Airbus promises Qatari carrier to deliver the A350-1000 next year to the total satisfaction of the customer. No explanation for this delay is given by Airbus, but spotters in Toulouse have noted the absence of acceptance flights until Thursday night.
The first of the 37 A350-1000s ordered by the Oneworld alliance company made its maiden flight on December 10. It is configured to accommodate 46 passengers in Business class and 281 in Economy, against a 36 + 247 configuration in the A350-900.
Qatar Airways is the launch company for both variants of the A350. The company took possession of the first A350-900 on December 22, 2014, welcoming it on January 7 in its base at Doha-Hamad International Airport.
It should be noted that the Airbus A350-1000 received its second EASA certification, this time for the heavier version. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an additional certification on December 22 for this second variant of 311 tons MTOW (maximum take-off weight). The maximum landing weight (MLW) also increases by three tons to 236 tons.