Qatar Airways has upgraded five of its current order of A350-900 to the higher-capacity A350-1000. The airline has already taken delivery of 30 A350 aircraft – 27 A350-900 and three A350-1000 – from the total order of 76 A350 XWB.
The decision to upgrade the original order comes just eight months after the airline, which was the global launch customer for both A350 types, welcomed the first A350-1000 into its fleet. The strong performance of this state-of-the-art aircraft and the need for extra capacity of the world’s fastest growing airline are key factors behind the latest announcement.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, said they are delighted to have upgraded five of their previously ordered A350-900 to the more recently launched A350-1000.
Since taking delivery of the world’s first A350-1000 in February 2018, we have been extremely pleased with the aircraft’s performance, which has prompted us to update our original order. The A350-1000 has been a welcome addition to our fleet and very well received by our passengers who enjoy the unprecedented levels of comfort and technology that this new generation aircraft offers.’
President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft Guillaume Faury, said that since its entry into service, the A350 family has proven its outstanding reliability and efficiency.
We are delighted to see launch customer Qatar Airways extend its confidence in the A350-1000. Qatar Airways is renowned for its standards of excellence, and we are pleased that the A350-1000 delivers to their expectations, being the aircraft of choice to seamlessly increase capacity in unprecedented comfort for its growing long-haul routes.’
The A350-1000 is seven metres longer than its younger sibling and offers 28% more capacity in the Premium class cabin. It also features the airline’s revolutionary Qsuite seat, which offers passengers First Class experience in the Business Class cabin. The A350-1000 currently operates on the London and Frankfurt routes and will launch on the JFK service beginning 28 October this year.
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. These latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The A350 XWB also features an Airspace cabin, which on top of the aircraft spaciousness and quietness, provides better ambience, design and services, contributing to superior levels of comfort and well-being, and setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents. For updates and more information about Qatar Airways, visit their website through this link.