Qatar Airways has said that it expects to receive its first Airbus A350-1000, the largest aircraft in the A350 family, by the end of this year.
The news comes after the airline abruptly canceled an order for four smaller A350-900s last month, apparently due to production delays.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said this week that the first of 37 A350-1000s that the airline has ordered will arrive in Qatar before the end of December.
“Airbus has assured us we would receive our airplanes, though late, but we will receive it before the end of the year,” he told reporters in Doha on Wednesday.
Qatar Airways currently has a fleet of 19 A350-900s.
Larger seating capacity
Likely to fly to routes in Europe, the US and Asia, the Airbus A350-1000 will have a larger capacity than its A350-900 sister aircraft. The Qatar Airways A350-900 has 36 business class seats and 247 in economy. Meanwhile, the airline’s new A350-1000 will include 46 business class and 281 economy seats.
Premium passengers will be pleased to learn that the new A350-1000s will come fitted with the airline’s new “QSuites”. These offer greater privacy and the possibility to create a double bed for passengers seated next to each other in the middle row.
Additionally, the middle seats have a screen that can open up to allow four passengers to eat together or chat.