Nick Stanage, Hexcel Chairman, CEO and PResident said: "I send my congratulations to Airbus on delivering the first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways". "It will become a firm part of the Qatar Airways fleet, making us the biggest operator in the world of this aircraft type and maintain our status as flying one of the youngest fleets in the sky, with an average age of just five years". Both aircraft are complementary and provide for maximum commonality with unmatched operating efficiencies and the same unique passenger experience in their airspace cabin. Airbus says that passengers will enjoy more personal space, optimised cabin altitude, more fresh air, controlled temperature & humidity, integrated connectivity and the latest generation of in-flight entertainment system.
The airline tweeted yesterday that all enthusiasts can go to Corniche at 4pm today to spot the world's first Airbus A350-1000. On board the flight were select VIPs, including Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker; Airbus Vice President Sales Commercial Aircraft, Mr. David Dufrenois; and Rolls Royce Senior Vice President Middle East, Mr. John Kelly, as well as members of the worldwide media.More news: London Fashion Week: Queen Elizabeth joins style royalty
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The event marks the start of a series of first aircraft deliveries for Rolls-Royce, with its engines also due to power the Airbus A330neo and the Boeing 787-10 into service in the coming months. "With its greater capacity compared to the A350-900, the newest wide-body will play a major role on the carrier's busiest long-haul routes and will contribute to strengthen their position at the forefront of the aviation industry". This stretched version of the aircraft is 7 meters longer than the A350-900, carries an additional 40 seats, and offers similar unrivalled comfort and efficiency. On Qatar Airways' planes, the A350-900 seats 283 passengers, while its latest addition to the fleet can hold 327 passengers. It is a truly long-range aircraft with a range of 14,800km at entry into service.
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