Qatar Airways has revealed it has upgraded its order for five new A350-900s by opting to switch to the larger A350-1000 version instead.
The decision to amend the order to the bigger model, the fuselage is seven metres longer than the smaller plane, providing greater capacity (44 more seats in Qatar Airways cabin configuration) came from the success of the airline’s existing A350-1000, which arrived at the beginning of the year, when it was an immediate hit with the company and passengers alike.
Commenting on the upscale order Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker noted the improved customer experience provided by the plane when he said : “Qatar Airways is delighted to have upgraded five of its previously ordered A350-900 to the more recently launched A350-1000.
Since taking delivery of the world’s first A350-1000 in February 2018, we have been extremely pleased with the aircraft’s performance, which has prompted us to update our original order. The A350-1000 has been a welcome addition to our fleet and very well received by our passengers who enjoy the new generation aircraft’s unprecedented levels of comfort and technology.”
“Proven outstanding reliability and efficiency”
Guillaume Faury, president commercial aircraft at Airbus, said: “Since its entry into service, the A350 Family has proven outstanding reliability and efficiency. We are delighted to see launch customer Qatar Airways extend its confidence in the A350-1000.“
Warming to his subject, Faury added: “Qatar Airways is renowned for its standards of excellence, and we are pleased the A350-1000 delivers to their expectations, being the aircraft of choice to seamlessly increase capacity in unprecedented comfort on its growing long-haul routes.”
With 76 aircraft on order, Qatar Airways is the largest A350 XWB customer and currently operates 30 A350 XWBs comprising of 27 A350-900s and three A350-1000s.