QATAR AIRWAYS INAUGURATES A350 XWB INTO THE FLEET AT DOHA CEREMONY

Press conference in Doha attended by more than 150 international media as Qatar Airways showcases the first of its 80 A350 XWB aircraft for the first time in its hub and home

Celebrations continue for Global Launch Customer

07 Jan 2015

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a press conference in the airline’s hub today at the Premium Terminal of Doha International Airport, to a crowd of more than 150 international media, who had travelled to Qatar to view the first A350 XWB, for which the airline is the global launch customer.

Also in attendance at the press conference were Mr. Didier Evrard, Airbus Executive Vice President Head of Programmes and Mr. Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce President of Civil Large Engines, both of whom previously attended the official delivery of the aircraft from Airbus to Qatar Airways at a ceremony held in December at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are ready to commence operations with the A350 XWB and are delighted to introduce another level of service with our expanded fleet.

“The engineering design of the A350 XWB is modern, technologically refined and spacious, and we are proud to welcome yet another fine aeroplane into the Qatar Airways' fleet.”

Following the press conference, media were given the opportunity to meet with the airline’s Group Chief Executive, before continuing to tour the newly inducted aircraft.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a press conference in Doha for more than 150 international media, for the inauguration of the world’s first A350 XWB. Joining Mr. Al Baker on the head table were Mr. Didier Evrard (left), Airbus Executive Vice President Head of Programmes and Mr. Eric Schulz (right), Rolls-Royce President of Civil Large Engines.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a press conference in Doha for more than 150 international media, for the inauguration of the world’s first A350 XWB. Joining Mr. Al Baker on the head table were Mr. Didier Evrard (left), Airbus Executive Vice President Head of Programmes and Mr. Eric Schulz (right), Rolls-Royce President of Civil Large Engines.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

More than 150 international media attended the Qatar Airways press conference in Doha for the inauguration of the airline's – and the world’s – first A350 XWB.

More than 150 international media attended the Qatar Airways press conference in Doha for the inauguration of the airline's – and the world’s – first A350 XWB.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a press conference in Doha for more than 150 international media, for the inauguration of the world’s first A350 XWB. Joining Mr. Al Baker on the head table were Mr. Didier Evrard (left), Airbus Executive Vice President Head of Programmes and Mr. Eric Schulz (right), Rolls-Royce President of Civil Large Engines.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a press conference in Doha for more than 150 international media, for the inauguration of the world’s first A350 XWB. Joining Mr. Al Baker on the head table were Mr. Didier Evrard (left), Airbus Executive Vice President Head of Programmes and Mr. Eric Schulz (right), Rolls-Royce President of Civil Large Engines.

As global launch customer for the A350 XWB, Qatar Airways will be the only airline to fly this aircraft type for the foreseeable future, and was a significant contributor to its cutting-edge design in partnership with aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, and engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce.

The first commercial service will be deployed on the Doha-Frankfurt route – a sold-out service – on January 15, 2015.

The A350 XWB will comprise a two-class configuration with 36 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring 80” fully flat beds and 17” HD in-flight entertainment screens. Economy Class will comprise of 247 seats, each 18-inches wide in a 3-3-3 configuration, with up to a 32-inch pitch. Each individual seat will feature a 10.6” in-flight entertainment screen, and more space at shoulder level for passengers in window seats, thanks to a vertical side wall panel design.

Over 70 percent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 percent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The aircraft’s innovative all-new carbon fibre reinforced plastic fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance.

Qatar Airways is the only airline in the world to operate every family of Airbus’ modern airline portfolio. In addition to the 80 A350s it has on order, the airline has a current Airbus fleet comprising of the A320, A330 Freighter, A319LR, A321, A330, A340 and A380 families.
 

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Notes to Editors:

Qatar Airways celebrated its one year anniversary, in October 2014, of joining the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2014 by Skytrax for the second year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join this global airline alliance, enabling its passengers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures. Qatar Airways has more than 340 aircraft on order with a value of US $70 billion.

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