Toulouse - Qatar Airways has technically taken possession of the first of 37 A350-1000 Airbus ordered. The aircraft is scheduled for a ceremony tomorrow before heading to Doha.
The A350-1000 MSN88 is on its way to Doha now for the Qatari national company. On February 17, the aircraft carried out a flight around Toulouse under its new official registration, A7-ANA. Its delivery ceremony is scheduled tomorrow, February 20, after which he will fly to its base in Doha-Hamad International.
Its first destination will be London-Heathrow next Saturday.
It will serve on a regular line between Doha and London-Heathrow. It will take off from Doha at 15:55 (arrival at 20:25) and will depart from London at 21:55 (arrival the next day at 7:40).
Qatar Airways expects to receive four A350-1000s this year. The new widebodies will be configured to accommodate 46 passengers in Business and 281 in Economy, against 36 + 247 in its A350-900s.
Originally planned for last December, this first delivery was delayed due to the complexity of the seats of the new Business Class QSuite. The Oneworld alliance company is the launch company of A350-1000, as was the case for the A350-900 on December 22, 2014.
At the end of January, Airbus recorded 169 firm orders for the largest model in the A350 XWB family. The second company to receive the aircraft will be Cathay Pacific this year in September. Cathay's A350-1000 will initially be deployed on the new route between Hong Kong and Washington, the longest route of its network.