Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Qatar Airways Receives First Airbus A350-1000 in Toulouse

Qatar Airways Receives First Airbus A350-1000 in Toulouse

At a ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France, Qatar Airlines showcased the delivery of the first A350-1000 widebody aircraft.

'Combine this with its cutting-edge light-weight carbon composite design, incred-ibly fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the additional revenue ben-efits generated by the A350's lowest seat mile cost in its class, and its excellent reliability record, and you have an unbeatable aircraft on which we will offer our world-famous award-winning five-star service.

Fabrice Brégier said: "It gives us huge pride at Airbus to deliver the very first A350-1000 to our launch customer Qatar Airways".

The other version of the Trent XWB, rated at 84,000lb, powers the A350-900 which first entered service in January 2015, again with Qatar Airways as the global launch customer.

Boeing a year ago sold 32 777-300ERs against just one order for the A350-1000.

Qatar’s first A350-1000 in Toulouse
Qatar’s first A350-1000 in Toulouse

Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker has reaffirmed the carrier's plan to launch a carrier in India, but has been coy on the details.

The Rolls-Royce XWB-97-powered A350-1000 can fly about 8,000 nautical miles. They come in at USD$317.4 million at current list prices.

Last summer, the European planemaker shelved tentative plans for a bigger A350 that would compete more directly with Boeing's BA.N new 777X plane now under development.

"It's now time to start to be more aggressive and to explain to our customers, or Boeing's customers, that this aircraft will be a better choice than a 777-9X", Bregier said. Qatar hasn't revealed any immediate plans to expand its freight network, but according to Airbus, the A350-1000 "will be capable of supporting long-haul routes to emerging markets such as Shanghai-Boston or Paris-Santiago, as well as more traditional flight segments, such as Manchester-Los Angeles or Dubai-Melbourne".

He also ruled out orders for the largest and smallest Airbus jets - whether the 544-seat A380, of which it has bought 10 and has options for another three, or the Bombardier CSeries, a 110 to 130-seater that Airbus agreed to rescue previous year.

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