The first Qatar Airways A350 XWB, in its full airline livery, has completed its maiden flight. This new aircraft flew over the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France.
The airline is the global launch customer for the Airbus A350 and is scheduled to take delivery of its first A350-900 before the end of the year.
Following on from the successful inaugural flight, Qatar’s A350 XWB is now continuing its production phase, including cabin completion and further ground and flight tests, before final delivery.
Qatar Airways has 80 A350s on order, including 43 A350-900 and 37 of the larger A350-1000 models.
“We are delighted to see the new A350 taking to the skies in our livery,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
“The A350 will be a very valuable addition to our fleet, and thanks to its extra width, we will be able to offer our passengers even greater comfort and continue to raise the benchmark for service in the sky.”
Inside the A350’s cabin passengers will find a cross-section of 220 inches from armrest to armrest. This will allow airlines to provide the widest seat configurations for maximum space and comfort.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line. It is the newest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family, offering a combination of enhanced passenger comfort and technological innovation. Built hand-in-hand with its customers, the A350 XWB should set new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.