Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of Three Airbus A350-1000s, Expanding their A350 Fleet to 52
The airline’s new A350-1000s have been fitted with the carrier’s award-winning Qsuite Business Class seats and will operate on strategic long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
On Thursday (October 22, 2020), Qatar Airways announced that they have taken delivery of three new Airbus A350-1000s, expanding their A350 fleet to 52 aircraft. The state-of-the art fuel-efficient aircraft have been fitted with the carrier’s award-winning Qsuite Business Class seats and will serve on long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Qatar Airways is the world’s largest operator of the twin-engine, environmentally friendly aircraft, which serves a vital role in the airline’s optimized fleet. In Thursday’s announcement, Qatar Airways Group’s Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said,
“Qatar Airways is one of the few global airlines to have never stopped flying throughout this crisis. As one of the only airlines to continue taking delivery of new aircraft at this time, our strategic investment in modern, fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft has enabled us to continue flying taking over 2.3 million people home on more than 37,000 flights since the start of the pandemic. Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, we will continue to fly greener and smarter by keeping our fleet of Airbus A380 grounded, as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.
“Environmentally conscious passengers can travel with the reassurance that Qatar Airways continuously monitors the market to assess both passenger and cargo demand to ensure it operates the most efficient aircraft on each route. Rather than being forced to fly oversized aircraft due to limited aircraft options, reducing the flexibility for passengers to travel when they want, Qatar Airways has a variety of sustainable aircraft it can choose from to offer more flights with the right capacity in each market. Passengers can also rely on our airline operate an honest schedule of flights with our mixed fleet giving us the ability to maintain services, and upgrade or downgrade aircraft size depending on passenger demand.”
Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the state of Qatar and currently operates over 650 weekly flights to more than 90 destinations, providing more flexible travel options to more global destinations than any other airline. The carrier was named the ‘World’s Best Airline’ in the 2019 World Airline Awards managed by Skytrax as well as the ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class.’ Qatar Airways was also awarded the title for ‘Best Business Class Seat’ in recognition of their ground-breaking Qsuite product. Additionally, the airline is the only carrier to have ever received the prestigious “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title five times. Qatar Airways normally serves over 170 global destinations with a fleet of more than 250 modern aircraft. The airline’s primary hub is located at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.
Source: Qatar Airways