Qatar Airways today becomes the first airline to fly the Airbus A350 to the United States. The ferry flight left Hamad International Airport this morning at 07:40 local time and will land in at JFK International at approximately 14:00 local time. Qatar Airways was the global launch carrier of the A350 and is the first to fly the aircraft to three continents; the airline’s fleet of seven A350s currently flies twice a day to Frankfurt, daily to Munich and three times a day to Singapore from Doha.
Singapore Airlines has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for non-stop flights to the US. Under an amendment to the carrier’s existing order for 63 A350-900s, seven of the aircraft will now be delivered with an Ultra-Long Range capability for flights of up to 19 hours.
Finnair has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order, thus becoming the first European operator and the third worldwide of the all-new airliner. The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 297 seats, comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy.
TAM Airlines, the first airline to receive and operate the A350 XWB in the Americas, has announced the routes that will be operated by the aircraft. The A350 XWB is expected to arrive in Brazil in December of this year with the first commercial flight scheduled for January 2016 from São Paulo/Guarulhos to Manaus.
Qatar Airways has announced the expansion of its A350 services to Germany, with the new state-of-the-art aircraft being deployed on its Doha-Munich route. Commencing October 1st 2015, the Doha-based airline will be launching the A350 XWB to Munich alongside its existing Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on one of the two double-daily flights to Munich.
Lufthansa has unveiled plans to welcome its first Airbus A350-900s to Munich at the end of 2016. The German flag-carrier has ordered a total of 25 aircraft of this type, which in future will be used on routes from the airline’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs.
Leading European carrier Finnair has inaugurated a new era in travel between Europe and Asia – and opens a new chapter in its history – as tickets go on sale for its first long-haul destinations to be served with next-generation Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. Finnair is the European launch customer, and only the third worldwide, of the completely new aircraft type, which substantially raises the bar for passenger comfort, environmental performance and operational efficiency.
Qatar Airways is to launch an additional daily flight to Singapore from June 1st, 2015, as part of its global expansion drive and to cater to the increase in passenger demand. The airline has also announced that it will be operating the new additional flight and the existing two daily flights to Singapore with its third, fourth and fifth A350 XWB aircraft, commencing service in June, July and August 2015.
Qatar Airways and Airbus has announced the highly anticipated official delivery of the first of its 80 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft on order, will take place in Toulouse, France, on Saturday. The A350 XWB is a family of mid-sized wide-body airliners designed to enhance fuel, operating costs and environmental efficiencies during medium-to-long haul airline operations and features the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies.
Qatar Airways’ first A350 XWB in full airline livery has successfully completed its maiden flight over the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. The airline, which is the global launch customer for the Airbus A350, is scheduled to take delivery of its first A350-900 before the end of the year.
Qatar Airways has released the first images of the A350 Xtra Wide Body ahead of its delivery later this year. Qatar Airways is the launch customer of the Airbus A350 XWB, with 80 of the planes on order.
Emirates Airline, the flag-carrier of Dubai, has cancelled an order for 70 Airbus A350 wide-body aircraft, according to a release from the manufacturer. European giant Airbus said the decision followed a “fleet requirement review” by the Middle Eastern carrier.