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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker Visits The Home Of The Airbus A350 In Toulouse, France

February 6, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Qatar Airways’ highly anticipated arrival of its first A350 later this year was one step closer this week, as Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker visited the home of Airbus in Toulouse, France.

Qatar Airways continues to be a highly valued customer and partner with Airbus – especially as the prestigious launch customer for the new A350 – a relationship which has flourished since the airline received its first Airbus aircraft in 1997. Today Airbus aircraft form an ever more essential cornerstone of Qatar Airways’ global operations with more than 200 aircraft directly ordered across all modern Airbus product families, from the single-aisle A320 all the way up to the flagship A380.

Mr. Al Baker took the opportunity during his visit to Toulouse to thank the Airbus staff, on behalf of everyone at Qatar Airways, for their efforts in working to fulfil the airline’s ambitious order for 80 of the world’s newest aircraft, in line with its aggressive expansion plans.

The Airbus A350 will be one of the world’s most fuel efficient airliners, offering state of the art design and comfort to all that will travel on forthcoming flights on Qatar Airways, consistent with the airline’s five-star service values. Combined with the latest materials and construction techniques, Airbus’s latest addition is set to revolutionise air travel.


Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “It is a historic moment to see this fantastic aeroplane here in Toulouse and to witness all of the hard work that the team at Airbus has contributed into making this one of the finest aircraft in the world. Qatar Airways is proud to be the launch customer for this new aircraft, and we look forward to soon taking delivery of the first of 80 A350s.

“We remain committed to offering our customers the best possible experience when it comes to travelling with Qatar Airways, not only in terms of custom-built comfort features across all of our cabins, but with the continued expansion of our young and modern fleet.”

The visit precedes the first flight of an A350 to Qatar tomorrow, where it will be officially welcomed at the world’s newest global gateway, Hamad International Airport (HIA), by a select crowd of Qatar Airways staff and VIPs, before it takes to the skies for an aerial display.

Qatar Airways has a robust range of Airbus aircraft in its fleet. In addition to the 80 A350 it has on order, the airline has a current Airbus fleet comprising the A320, A300Freighter, A319LR, A321, A330 and A340 families. Qatar Airways is also a customer of the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, and expects to take delivery of its first A380 this spring.


Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation and currently has orders worth over US $50 billion for more than 280 aircraft. The airline flies a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 134 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

As part of its aggressive expansion programme, Qatar Airways will launch routes to eight new destinations during 2014. Sharjah (UAE) from March 1; Dubai World Central (UAE) from March 1; Philadelphia (USA) from April 2; Larnaca (Cyprus) from April 29; Sabiha Gokcen Airport (Turkey) from May 22; Edinburgh (Scotland) from May 28; Miami (USA) from June 10 and Dallas/Fort Worth (USA) from July 1.

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