“We are ready to commence operations with the A350 XWB and are delighted to introduce another level of service with our expanded fleet,” said Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.
“The engineering design of the A350 XWB is modern, technologically refined and spacious, and we are proud to welcome yet another fine aeroplane into the Qatar Airways’ fleet.”
In total it has ordered 80 A350s, making it the largest customer for the aircraft. Forty-three of these will be the mid-sized A350-900 while 37 will be the larger A350-1000.
Qatar Airways first A350 – an A350-900 model – will feature 36 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, all of which convert into 80-inch fully flat beds and feature 17-inch HD in-flight entertainment screens. The 247 economy class seats will be configured in a 3-3-3 layout, offering a 32-inch pitch and 10.6” in-flight entertainment screens.