Doha - Qatar Airways converts five orders for A350-900 into the larger A350-1000 version.

Qatari national carrier was the launch customer for both A350-900 and A350-1000 models. According to Qatar Airways boss Akbar al-Baker, the aircraft has been very well welcomed by the passengers.

Qatar Airways finally takes possession of its first A350-1000

The company had announced in February that the airline could switch some of its existing order of A350-900s to the largest variant of the A350 family.

The decision to modify the previous order has come just eight months after the first A350-1000 joined the Qatar Airways' fleet.

We are very pleased with the performance of the aircraft, so we decided to change our original order,
Akbar said today, on October 1st.

The A350-1000 is 23 feet (7meters) longer than its sister A350-900 and offers 28% more capacity in the Premium class cabin.

The A350-1000 is currently in service on London and Frankfurt routes from Doha and will start flying between Doha and New York JFK from October 28.

As of today, the Doha-based carrier operates 30 of Airbus' re-engineered widebody (27 A350-900 and three A350-1000) from the total order of 76 A350 XWB.

A350 XWB family comes with the latest aerodynamic and mechanical improvements such as carbon fiber fuselage and wings, elongated winglets, and new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce XWB-97 engines, all enabling high levels of operational efficiency with 25 less fuel consumption, and remarkably lower maintenance costs.