Qatar Airways’ first daily regularly-scheduled Airbus A350 service to London Heathrow arrived in the UK on Sunday, as the airline introduced the state-of-the-art aircraft on the route, complementing the existing ‘best of fleet’ on its six daily flights from Hamad International Airport.
The Qatar Airways Airbus A350 joins the airline’s Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft currently operating the route.
To mark the occasion Qatar Airways followers on social media were able to follow a live tour of the interior cabin of the A350 while on the ground at London Heathrow. The video is available at https://www.facebook.com/qatarairways/
The landing of the A350 also marked another milestone for the airline as it took place on the same day as the start of a new joint business agreement between Qatar Airways and British Airways. The agreement benefits customers by offering a wider choice of flights by code sharing on all seven Qatar Airways and British Airways direct daily flights between London and Doha.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “The Qatar Airways Airbus A350 is one of the most advanced aircraft in our fleet, offering passengers an unrivalled level of comfort while experiencing our award-winning hospitality. It is only right that such an aircraft serves one of our six daily scheduled flights from Doha to London, a route further strengthened by our continued partnership with British Airways.”
Heathrow Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Qatar Airways Airbus A350 to Heathrow. The A350 is part of the new generation of quieter, cleaner planes, helping us to be a better neighbour while achieving our vision of giving passengers the best airport service in the world.”
The Airbus A350 operates on the following services daily between Hamad International Airport, Doha and Heathrow, London:
QR15 departs Doha at 14.55 and arrives in London at 20.25
QR16 departs London at 21.55 and arrives in Doha at 06.40