Qatar Airways has named Frankfurt as the first route for its highly anticipated A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB) aircraft.
Upon delivery at the end of this year, the Qatar Airways A350 will undergo several weeks of induction preparation, before the first commercial service commences to the German business hub city from Doha.
Frankfurt will be operated non-stop daily with an A350 starting from January next year. The airline has chosen the European city for its first route for the Extra Wide Body service because of the significant capacity the aircraft provides for the comfort of its business and leisure travellers.
Qatar Airways currently flies twice-daily to Frankfurt, and the double pairings will both be operated by an A350 on the route. Initially QR067/068 will be the first pairing with the A350, followed shortly by QR069/70.
The aircraft offers 283 seats, divided across a dual cabin layout with 36 Business Class seats and 247 Economy Class seats.
Qatar Airways has 80 Airbus A350s on order, and expects to induct the first eight production aircraft into its fleet before 2015 year-end.