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Opening a new chapter in aviation, first delivery of A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

Customer satisfaction means giving the airlines that operate Airbus aircraft exactly what they want. This was achieved on 22 December when A350 XWB MSN006 was delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, widely recognised for insisting on the highest possible standards for its passengers. The airline...

22 December 2014 Headline news

Customer satisfaction means giving the airlines that operate Airbus aircraft exactly what they want. This was achieved on 22 December when A350 XWB MSN006 was delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, widely recognised for insisting on the highest possible standards for its passengers. The airline has ordered 80 of the world’s most advanced airliners and the on-time, on-quality delivery is the culmination of eight years’ hard work from everyone involved in the A350 XWB programme.

As the delivery ceremony got started Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker,...

Qatar Airways’ 1st A350 accompanies its 4th A380 for delivery to Qatar

Departing Toulouse on its delivery flight to Qatar Airways’ base in Doha, is the airline’s first A350 XWB accompanied by its big sister A380 – the fourth for Qatar Airways which is also making its first journey home. With the delivery of this A350, the airline beco...

23 December 2014 Press Release

Departing Toulouse on its delivery flight to Qatar Airways’ base in Doha, is the airline’s first A350 XWB accompanied by its big sister A380 – the fourth for Qatar Airways which is also making its first journey home. With the delivery of this A350, the airline becomes the first carrier in the world to operate every family of Airbus’ modern airliner portfolio, comprising the A320, A330/A340, A350 and A380.

Avolon firms up order for 15 A330neo aircraft

Momentum continues to build for new Airbus Widebody aircraft

23 December 2014 Press Release

Avolon, the Dublin-based, global aircraft leasing firm, has firmed up its contract for 15 A330neo aircraft. Avolon became one of the launch customers of the A330neo after signing its initial commitment in July 2014 at the Farnborough International Airshow.

“The A330neo is a sound investment for lessors, who like Avolon are focused on offering their customers the most modern, economic and comfortable aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A330neo with its highly competitive economics, in addition to the already flawless credentials of today’s A330, is...

Airbus delivers first ever A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

Opens a new chapter in aviation history

 

22 December 2014 Press Release

Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB, the world’s latest generation widebody airliner, to launch customer Qatar Airways. The A350 XWB redefines the way people fly for the coming decades and opens up a new era in comfortable, efficient long-haul air travel when it enters service with Qatar Airways, renowned for leading the industry to new heights in service excellence.

The A350 XWB embodies the most advanced technologies and breakthrough innovations in aerodynamics, light-weight materials and aircraft systems. Powered by ultra-fuel-efficient and very quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines and...

Kuwait Airways begins fleet upgrade with first A320 Sharklet delivery

First Middle East airline to equip fleet with Airbus’ Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS)

22 December 2014 Press Release

During a special ceremony in Airbus Toulouse, Kuwait Airways, took delivery of an A320 equipped with Sharklets; the first of 37 new aircraft the company ordered marking the start of a major fleet renewal plan. 

In February 2013, Kuwait Airways announced the lease of 12 Airbus aircraft including 7 A320ceo and 5 A330-200 in addition to the purchase of 25 aircraft including 10 A350-900 and 15 A320neo family aircraft.

The A320 single-aisle jetliner family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family, and its versatility will support Kuwait Airways’ range of services - from very...

Hawaiian Airlines finalizes A330-800neo order

First U.S. airline to order new aircraft type

18 December 2014 Press Release

Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in July of this year, Hawaiian Airlines has finalized an order for six A330-800neo aircraft. The agreement adds yet another name to the growing list of launch customers for the new aircraft type. The new commitment replaces a previous order placed by Hawaiian for six A350-800s. 

“The A330-800neo is an aircraft which meets all of our needs,” said Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “It is the right size, with the right range and costs, and shares much commonality with our A330-200 fleet. Our customers and crew love...

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Ready for service: first A350 XWB delivery follows a robust development programme

19 December 2014 Feature story

The historic delivery of Airbus’ first A350 XWB – which is to be received on 22nd of December by launch customer Qatar Airways – will mark another major milestone for this advanced widebody jetliner that is setting new standards in terms of passenger comfort, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

The A350 XWB programme has been particularly busy during 2014 as Airbus and other stakeholders worked toward the headline-making initial handover. This activity was highlighted by the continuation and completion of A350-900 flight testing; which was followed by Type Certification by...

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Handover of the first A350 XWB jetliner to Qatar Airways is scheduled for 22 December

19 December 2014

Airbus and Qatar Airways are set to open a new chapter in commercial aviation together with the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft, which is planned for 22 December 2014 in Toulouse, France. Qatar Airways – the global launch customer for this highly efficient next-generation widebody jetliner type – has 80 total A350 XWB Family aircraft on order, including 43 A350-900s and 37 of the longer-fuselage A350-1000 versions. The carrier plans to commence commercial service with the A350 XWB between its Hamad International Airport hub in Doha, Qatar and Frankfurt,...

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