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22 December 2014
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus delivers first ever A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

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A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery – Press conference 1 MASTERFILMS, GOUSSE HERVE
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22 December 2014

A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery – Press conference 1

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, told journalists at the A350 delivery press conference that his airline – which continues to lead the way with innovation – has “reached the pinnacle of this mandate with the arrival of the A350 into our fleet”

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22 December 2014

A350 XWB Qatar Airways- Fabrice BREGIER Didier EVRARD 1

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier (left) and Executive Vice President Head of Programmes Didier Evrard (right) in front of Qatar Airways’ no. 1 A350 XWB. -

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A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery - ceremony VIPS Airbus, DOUMENJOU Alexandre - MasterFilms
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22 December 2014

A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery - ceremony VIPS

Fabrice Brégier, the President and CEO of Airbus, led his company’s management team at the handover ceremony for its first-ever A350 XWB to be delivered, which was received by Qatar Airways

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A350 XWB Qatar Airways in flight 2 Airbus, DOUMENJOU Alexandre - MasterFilms
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22 December 2014

A350 XWB Qatar Airways in flight 2

Qatar Airways is the first customer to receive Airbus’ A350 XWB, which provides outstanding levels of comfort and reliability

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A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery - Kiran Rao briefing P.PIGEYRE/MASTERFILMS, P.PIGEYRE
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22 December 2014

A350 XWB Qatar Airways first delivery - Kiran Rao briefing

Kiran Rao, Airbus head of strategy delivered a presentation on the occasion of first delivery of A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways on 22 December 2014. “We knew what the competition was and that we needed to produce something superior” said Kiran.

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A350 Qatar Airways first delivery - morning ambiance press Airbus, DOUMENJOU Alexandre - MasterFilms
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22 December 2014

A350 Qatar Airways first delivery - morning ambiance press

The no. 1 A350 XWB was in the spotlight for its handover to Qatar Airways at Airbus’ delivery centre, located adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France

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19 October 2016

In the making: Qatar Airways’ historic first A350 XWB jetliner

Follow the initial Airbus A350-900 aircraft for global launch customer Qatar Airways through the manufacturing process – from delivery of components to the final assembly line in Toulouse, France to its maiden flight in autumn 2014. The video also highlights the “Xtra” that makes the difference for this Airbus next-generation widebody jetliner – including its spacious and comfortable cabin, use of advanced composite materials along with the aircraft’s highly-efficient and quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

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19 October 2016

Highlights: First A350 XWB delivery to Qatar Airways

Airbus marked a significant industry milestone with delivery of the first A350 XWB jetliner, which was received 22 December 2014 by launch customer Qatar Airways. This video clip includes highlights from before, during and after the high-profile handover ceremony in Toulouse, France. To replay the uncut version of the live webcast, including the press conference and the ceremony, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D7sX1HNBV8

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19 October 2016

Qatar Airways A350 XWB: lead up to the first delivery

This video compilation highlights key steps in the Airbus A350 XWB programme that led up to delivery of the first customer aircraft – which was received by Qatar Airways during a ceremony on 22 December 2014. These milestones include the programme’s launch, production activities for the new-generation jetliner, the first flight and test campaign, certification and more.

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Opens a new chapter in aviation history

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 an extra-wide, bright and spacious cabin, the A350 XWB promises to be a firm favourite with travellers who will discover a whole new way of flying. Airlines will also benefit from unequalled levels of operating efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “Receiving the A350 XWB as global launch customer is a very proud moment for Qatar Airways, and after much anticipation, I am delighted that the day has come when we will welcome this latest generation aircraft into our rapidly expanding fleet. 

“In the seven years since we first placed our order for this new aircraft type at the Paris Air Show, investing in a partnership programme with Airbus, there has been significant growth in the airline industry. I am confident that this increase in passenger numbers around the world will only increase further in the years to come, and delighted that Qatar Airways will be leading the way in the aviation sector in offering our passengers the opportunity to travel on board the most modern of airliners in the sky.”

John Rishton, Rolls-Royce, Chief Executive Officer said: “We are very proud to have worked with Qatar Airways and Airbus on the A350 XWB, using the latest technology to deliver new standards in customer service. This is a very important day for everyone at Rolls-Royce. It is the culmination of years of hard work and the start of a new chapter for our business.”

Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO said: “Handing over the first A350 XWB represents a significant step in Airbus and aviation history. The A350 XWB becomes the most modern aircraft in service, developed with our excellence established over 45 years in meeting our customers’ needs. The A350 XWB is the latest Airbus aircraft to join the skies, revolutionising our industry and redefining the way people fly.” He adds: “It is with tremendous pride that we are delivering our first A350 XWB today to our launch customer, Qatar Airways. It’s a perfect match, to be handing over the first of an all-new, world class aircraft to a leading, world class airline.”

The A350 XWB fits seamlessly alongside Qatar Airways’ growing fleet of A380s and A330s, making the carrier the world’s first airline to operate each member of Airbus’ market leading Widebody Family. Qatar Airways’ A350 XWBs, in combination with their A380s and A330s, will offer unprecedented levels of interoperability and comfort on the rapidly expanding Qatar Airways network of excellence.

The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus Widebody product line. Offering its customers a game-changing reduction in fuel-burn, the all-new mid-size long-range A350 XWB has carbon fibre fuselage and wings and sets new standards in terms of passenger comfort, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of November 2014, the A350 XWB had won 778 orders from 41 customers worldwide.

Visit the special A350 XWB first delivery website

A350 XWB Qatar airways air to air
 

Delivery of the first Airbus A350 XWB – which is to be delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways on 22 December 2014 – is a key historic milestone for the aviation industry

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Marking the A350 XWB first delivery on 22 December 2014 are (from right to left): Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier– Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker– and Eric Schulz, President – Civil Large Engines at Rolls-Royce

 
19 October 2016

In the making: Qatar Airways’ historic first A350 XWB jetliner

Follow the initial Airbus A350-900 aircraft for global launch customer Qatar Airways through the manufacturing process – from delivery of components to the final assembly line in Toulouse, France to its maiden flight in autumn 2014. The video also highlights the “Xtra” that makes the difference for this Airbus next-generation widebody jetliner – including its spacious and comfortable cabin, use of advanced composite materials along with the aircraft’s highly-efficient and quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Read more
 
19 October 2016

Highlights: First A350 XWB delivery to Qatar Airways

Airbus marked a significant industry milestone with delivery of the first A350 XWB jetliner, which was received 22 December 2014 by launch customer Qatar Airways. This video clip includes highlights from before, during and after the high-profile handover ceremony in Toulouse, France. To replay the uncut version of the live webcast, including the press conference and the ceremony, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D7sX1HNBV8

Read more
 
19 October 2016

Qatar Airways A350 XWB: lead up to the first delivery

This video compilation highlights key steps in the Airbus A350 XWB programme that led up to delivery of the first customer aircraft – which was received by Qatar Airways during a ceremony on 22 December 2014. These milestones include the programme’s launch, production activities for the new-generation jetliner, the first flight and test campaign, certification and more.

Read more

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