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Qatar Airways Takes Delivery Of Brand New A330-300

Toulouse, FRANCE – Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first A330-300, the latest long-haul aircraft to join its growing fleet of all-Airbus planes.
At a presentation ceremony held at Airbus’ headquarters in the French city of Toulouse, Airbus Chief Executive, Noel Forgeard congratulated Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker for becoming the newest customer of the aircraft, fresh off the production line.
Al Baker later led a Qatar Airways delegation and members of the media on the new aircraft flying to Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, before its entry into commercial service, primarily on European routes.
Qatar Airways is the only operator of the A330-300 in the Middle East and flies the largest all-Airbus fleet in the region. The aircraft is the first of 14 A330-300s to be delivered to Qatar Airways by April 2008. Eleven A330-300s are on firm order and three on option.
The new aircraft will mainly operate on key European routes from Doha such as London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt.
The A330-300 features 259 seats configured in three classes – 12 First, 24 Business and 223 Economy – and offers at least 10 per cent more seats than Qatar Airways’ biggest existing three-class capacity aircraft, the A330-200.
The latest acquisition takes Qatar Airways’ all-Airbus fleet to 36 aircraft, which also comprises the A330-200s, A300-600Rs, A321-200s, A320-200s and A319s.
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways took delivery of its latest A320, the 11th in its fleet. The aircraft is configured in two classes – 12 First and 132 Economy – and operates on short- and medium-haul routes.
Qatar Airways already operates a fleet of 10 Airbus A330-200s – the new A330-300 has significantly new features.
These include: -
Newly designed First Class
Seat-cum-180 degree flat beds in 1-2-1 configuration 79-inch seat pitch
Buddy seats to allow fellow passengers to join you for dinner
Large 23-inch by 18.5-inch meal table allowing dinner for two
Side cocktail table
Plenty of personal storage space
4 pre-programmed electronic seat controls (aircraft take-off, meal, upright position, fully flat)
Back massage function
Neat finishing ultra grey leather sides
15-inch personal LCD TV screens (50% bigger than on the A330-200)
Personal in-seat telephone
Laptop power point
Fibre optic reading light
Seat design joint collaboration between Koito, of Japan, and Dutch firm, Driessen
 

Newly-designed Business Class
60-inch pitch (55-inch on existing A330-200s)
Seats in 2-2-2 configuration
Seats convert into two-metre bed length
15-inch personal LCD TV screens (50% bigger than on the A330-200)
Laptop power point
5 pre-programmed electronic seat controls (aircraft take-off, meal, upright position, relax, sleeping)
Personal in-seat telephone
Seat position memory function
Back massage control functions
Seat design by Recaro, of Germany
 

Economy Class
Up to 34-inch seat pitch
Personal in-seat telephone
Ergonomically designed seats to provide more comfort with greater shin space and living space than the existing A330-200s
9-inch personal LCD TV screens (40% bigger than on the A330-200)
Individual footrests
Seat design by Recaro, of Germany
 

The A330-300 also features Qatar Airways’ new Waves in-flight entertainment system offering Audio Video On Demand that gives passengers more personal control of programmes.
Passengers can select one of 32 Hollywood movies and films from around the world, or short programmes with greater personal control, offering play, rewind, forward and pause functionality. There’s also a moving map display to monitor progress of the flight and a selection of 40 CDs and 16 audio channels to choose from, as well as 12 interactive games such as Solitaire and Millionaire.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker said the A330-300 was an aircraft that would cater for growing demand on three-class routes, mainly between Doha and Europe.
“This aircraft, and indeed, the family of Airbus planes that Qatar Airways operates, enable us to fly with low maintenance costs, high fuel efficiency and ultimately offer passengers the most comfortable cabin.
“Qatar Airways is proud to be continuing a longstanding relationship with Airbus, our preferred supplier.
“By operating an all-Airbus fleet, we ensure commonality benefits that the entire fleet will bring us in both cost savings and operational flexibility."
The twin-engined A330-300, powered by General Electric CF6-80E engines, has a range capacity of 5,650 nautical miles (10,500km) with a full passenger payload, and is capable of flying up to 11 hours non-stop.
The aircraft has an overall length of 208ft 1 inch (63.6 metres) and a maximum cabin width of 17ft 4 ins (5.28 metres).
Qatar Airways operates one of the youngest fleets in the world. Last year, the airline placed a $5.1bn order with Airbus for 34 additional aircraft to join the fleet over the next few years. The airline is also a launch customer of the A380 ‘super jumbos’ with two firm orders scheduled for delivery in 2009.

 

Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com


Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com


 



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E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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