Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody aircraft to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France.
The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier, which is the world’s largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order and the largest A350-1000 customer.
The A350-1000 is Airbus’ latest and largest widebody in the twin-aisle category and has a long-range of up to 8,000nm (14,800 km) at entry into service.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways always demands the very best for its customers, so it is right that we are the first airline in the world to fly the Airbus A350-1000.
“This remarkable state-of-the-art aircraft will become a firm part of Qatar Airways fleet and will keep us ahead of the curve, allowing us to continue to offer our passengers outstanding levels of comfort and service.”
The A350-1000 is set to fit seamlessly alongside Qatar Airways’ growing fleet, including 20 A350-900s today.
Airbus president and chief operating officer, Fabrice Brégier said the A350-1000 brings “major advantages” in fuel and cost efficiency along with unmatched passenger comfort.
He added: “With its greater capacity compared to the A350-900, the newest widebody 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.”