Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker says the gulf carrier will take delivery of the first A350-1000 by the end of 2017. Qatar Airways is the A350-1000 launch customer.
Speaking of the A350-1000, Baker said: “It is now in the certification process and Airbus has assured us that we will receive it late, but we will receive it before the end of the year.”
Qatar Airways has borne the brunt of delays to the A350 program. Earlier this year, Qatar cancelled the delivery of four of the airline’s order for 43 A350-900 aircraft over production delays stemming from issues at interiors and seat supplier Zodiac Aerospace. Production delays surrounding the A350-900 have also pushed back the delivery of the first A350-1000.
Qatar Airways has configured its A350-1000 aircraft with 46 Qsuites, Qatar’s new business class, and 281 economy class seats for a total capacity of 327 passengers.
The A350-1000 is the largest variant of Airbus’ A350 family program, the chief competitor to Boeing’s 777 and 777X programs.
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