Qatar Airways brought the Airbus A350-1000 to the USA for the first time when it touched-down on Monday (23 July) at Philadelphia International Airport.
The aircraft was transporting the German national football team, FC Bayern München, to the for the 2018 Audi Summer Tour.
Following the arrival in Philadelphia, the state-of-the-art A350-1000 will fly to Miami, for the team’s final match of the pre-season tour.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “The arrival of our state-of-the-art A350-1000 in the U. for the first time is truly a monumental moment in our industry, and we are thrilled to bring the eminent FC Bayern München team to the US for their 2018 US tour.”
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways became an FC Bayern platinum partner under a new long-term sponsorship agreement. The deal between Qatar Airways and FC Bayern will see the airline’s signature logo adorning the jersey sleeves of the German team.
Qatar Airways is the global launch customer for the state-of-the-art A350-1000 aircraft, the latest member of the Airbus widebody aircraft portfolio, which currently operates daily non-stop service between Doha and London and it began commercial operations in February 2018.
Like the A350-900, more than 70 per cent of the A350-1000’s lightweight airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 per cent), titanium and advanced aluminum alloys.
The carbon fibre reinforced plastic fuselage also results in lower fuel burn, as well as easier maintenance. The A350-1000 also features a distinctive all-new, six-wheel main landing gear and four per cent larger wings.