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.
Qatar Airways’ eagerly awaited arrival of its first A350 later this year was one step closer this week, as the first A350 aircraft bearing Qatar Airways livery took to the skies above the home of Airbus in Toulouse, while embarking upon a test flight. The latest test flights of the new A350 aircraft come after Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker, visited the home of Airbus in Toulouse last month to thank Airbus, on behalf of everyone at Qatar Airways, for their efforts in working to fulfil the airline’s ambitious A350 order, in line with its aggressive expansion plans.
Qatar Airways has welcomed the Airbus A350 XWB as it made its first-ever landing at Qatar’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, before departing for its next stop, the Singapore Airshow. As the launch customer for the family of long-range, two-engined wide-body jet airliners, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker welcomed Didier Evrard, executive vice president, Airbus A350 XWB Programme, and Phil Harris, senior vice president customer business, Rolls Royce, at the special event commemorating the inaugural landing.