Qatar Airways has confirmed that London is the first route for the Airbus A350-1000. The Gulf carrier took delivery of the Airbus from the aircraft manufacturer’s base in Toulouse, France last Tuesday.
The new A350-1000 flew its first commercial flight to the UK capital on Saturday 24th February (Flight QR 15) at 15:55 hrs. After a seven hour 30 minute flight, the new aircraft landed at London’s Heathrow Airport at 20:25 hrs. The A350-1000 is now operating a daily non-stop service between Doha and London.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We have chosen London as the inaugural destination for this remarkable aircraft because at 23 feet longer than the A350-900, it is able to provide a significant increase in capacity on one of our most popular routes, offering enhanced levels of comfort for our passengers. For the first time in an Airbus aircraft, it will also feature our award-winning, patented Qsuite, offering a First Class experience in Business Class for both business and leisure travellers.”
“As one of our flagship routes, we provide our passengers with the most advanced aircraft to fly in comfort and style from Doha to London. Our new A350-1000 provides this in abundance, alongside its sister aircraft, the A350-900, the double-decker A380 as well as the Boeing Dreamliner and the Qsuite-fitted Boeing 777. We look forward to introducing this highly-impressive next-generation aircraft to many other cities, thanks to our extensive and rapidly expanding global route network.”
This first (of 37) A350-1000 ordered by Qatar Airways is fitted with 327 seats including 46 of the new Qsuite seats. These new Qsuite seats are the first to offer passengers a double bed in Business Class if you are seated in the centre rows. Each seat converts into an 80-inch fully flat bed, there is mood lighting and the ‘fore and aft’ seating allows four passengers to work/sit together.
The look of the A350 is still very similar, with the characteristic black flight deck windscreen surround and curved wing tips. The wings are slightly larger with a modified trailing-edge and this ‘1000’ version has a new six wheeled main undercarriage. Length wise it is 23ft longer than the A350-900, allowing for an additional 44 seats.
This larger Airbus fits alongside Qatar Airways’ growing fleet, including 20 A350-900 jets. Both aircraft are complementary and provide for maximum commonality with unmatched operating efficiencies and the same unique passenger experience. Passengers will benefit from more personal space. There is more fresh air, controlled temperature & humidity and integrated connectivity. They will also have access to the latest generation of in-flight entertainment system.
The aircarft are equipped with the powerfull Trenet XWB-97 engines.
Rolls-Royce President Civil Aerospace, Mr. Chirs Cholerton, said: “We congratulate the entire team at Qatar Airways on being the first to operate the Airbus A350-1000. We are very proud to see our Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines powering this first flight. They are not only the most powerful engines we have ever produced but they are also the most efficient, delivering the same fuel consumption per passenger as a small family car over the same distance.”
Qatar Airways offers six flights a day between Doha and London. Passengers can also book flights on British Airways’ daily codeshare service between Doha and London.
Later this year, Qatar Airways will launch the first daily direct flights between Doha and Cardiff. From the 1st May 2018, the new flight service will provide the Welsh capital. This new route will offer links to the rest of the world via Qatar Airways’ extensive global route network. These flights will help provide new economic, leisure and travel opportunities for Welsh businesses. Destinations will include those in the rapidly expanding economies of India, China, Australasia and South East Asia.