- Chidozie Uzoezie
Airbus Delivers World’s First A350-1000 to Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways today, took delivery of the world’s first Airbus A350-1000 as the aircraft’s global launch customer at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France.
The A350-1000 which is the latest member of the Airbus wide-body aircraft portfolio, is 23 feet longer than the A350-900 and will enable Qatar Airways to substantially increase capacity.
Compared to the A350-900 which the airline already operates, the A350-1000 features 44 extra seats, offering 46 Business Class seats and 281 seats in the Economy Class cabin.
The A350-1000 is the first Airbus aircraft to be fitted with Qatar Airways’ revolutionary Qsuite Business Class seat. The Qsuite Business Class seats are in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring 80-inch fully flat beds and 22-inch HD in-flight entertainment screens.
The middle suites of the revolutionary Qsuite Business Class seats are able to convert to six double beds, and six quad suites.
Economy Class cabin contains 281 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, with up to a 32-inch pitch. Each individual seat features an 11.6-inch in-flight entertainment screen.
The A350 offers enhanced levels of passenger comfort, thanks to the lowest twin-engine noise level of any aircraft, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting.
Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 which will go into service on the Doha-London route this month. Qatar Airways operates six daily flights between Doha and London Heathrow Airport.
The airline was also the global launch customer for the A350-900 in 2014, and now operates 21 in its fleet.