Qatar Airways has reconfirmed and upsized its earlier order for the larger A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration), in an order signed in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The order was signed by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President, Commercial Aircraft during the French President’s visit to Doha.
The selection of the largest member of Airbus single family reflects the airline’s need for efficiency and additional capacity. This updated order replaces the original one placed in 2011.
Joining Qatar Airways’ fleet of 50 A320neo from 2019 onwards, the A321neo ACF will support the continuous development of Qatar Airways’ global network leveraging from the A321neo range capability and the unprecedented customer experience. The total value of the deal is at $6.35 billion at list prices.
To answer our need for growth and additional capacity, the A321neo ACF is a world-class choice for our passengers and for our business. Qatar Airways is the fastest growing airline in the world and with this aircraft we will operate the youngest fleet whilst delivering unprecedented comfort and services to our customers.’
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft, said that this is an endorsement for the largest member of their ‘single aisle family’.
It confirms the aircraft’s strong position as the ideal Middle of the Market airplane for the Middle East. We look forward to seeing the A321neo ACF flying in Qatar Airways colours and to contributing to the airline’s continued success and excellence.’
Qatar Airways is known for flying one of the youngest fleets in the sky and in 2015 welcomed the Airbus A350-900 into its fleet as Global Launch Customer. The airline will soon welcome the Airbus A350-1000, also as Global Launch Customer. The airline’s modern fleet was one of the reasons passengers voted it as Skytrax Airline of the Year 2017, for the fourth time.
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a significant reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15% per seat from day one and 20% by 2020.
The A321neo ACF introduces new door and fuselage enhancements, allowing airlines to make better use of the cabin space and also provide provision for more underfloor fuel capacity for up to 4,000 nm transatlantic range.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 20th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.
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