Airbus has delayed delivery of its first A350-900 to Qatar Airways. „The delivery ceremony has been postponed indefinitely,“ a spokeswoman of Qatar Airways told in Paris. The delivery was set for Saturday 13 December. Now both parties working closely together for a delivery on 22 December. In the past Qatar Airways also delays delivery of their first Airbus A380 for months.
Qatar Airways still plans to use the new aircraft between Doha and Frankfurt starting January 15. 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 283 seats are divided across a dual cabin layout, configured in Business Class and Economy Class; 36 seats and 247 seats respectively. Qatar Airways has 80 Airbus A350s on order, and expects to induct the first eight production aircraft into its fleet before 2015 year-end.
Qatar Airways is the global launch customer for this highly efficient next-generation widebody jetliner type. The carrier has 80 total A350 XWB Family aircraft on order, including 43 A350-900s and 37 of the longer-fuselage A350-1000 versions.
Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB incorporates the latest in aerodynamic design and advanced materials – including an airframe comprised of 53 percent composites – along with new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines to deliver a significant reduction in fuel burn and emissions, as well as lower maintenance costs.