Qatar Airways Unveils The Super Jumbo Airbus A380 at HIA

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At an extravagant event held in the worlds largest aircraft maintenance hangar at Hamad International Airport in the presence of the Patron, The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani , Minister of Finance and Chairman of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Ali .Shareef Al Emadi, the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Ministers, Sheikhs, Ambassadors and over 500 guests.

Registered A7-APA, after its take off form Hamburg upon delivery by Airbus to the airline, the aircraft arrived at HIA after a short flypast over the Doha Corniche showcasing its beautiful livery in Qatar Airways colors with “Qatar” written in bold on the under belly of the aircraft. Residents of Doha were surprised to an aircraft flying so low and shared the excitement on social media.

During the press conference after the arrival of the aircraft Mr. Akber Al Baker addressed the local and international media, “arrival of the new super-jumbo marks a moment of great pride for the State of Qatar and the national airline”

Speaking to journalists Al Baker said “We received the aircraft two years later than proposed delivery date as we wanted Airbus to modify the wing design which was causing the hairline cracks, as we at Qatar Airways give the passenger safety the out most priority”

About A380

Qatar Airways currently have 13 A380’s on order (10 firm, 3 optional). The aircraft is configured in three classes which seats a total of 517 passengers, 8 seats in First Class, 48 in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class spread across two decks.

First Class: The First Class aboard the A380 has 8 suites on the upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration. Featuring a 90” full flat bed (longest in the industry) and a 26” HD in-flight entertainment screen which can be accessed through a touch control pad in the armrest. All seats have direct aisle access and exclusive spa-like bathrooms with luxurious amenities.

Business Class: 48 seats featured in Business Class on the upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration with a 80” full flat bed (effective pitch: 51”) and 17” HD in-flight entertainment screen. All seats have direct aisle access.

Both the First and Business Class passengers aboard the A380 will have access to the spacious inflight lounge offering premium passengers an escape from the typical airplane environment which is located on the upper deck behind the Business Class cabin.

Economy Class: Spread across two decks the Economy Class seats 461 passengers. 56 seats are located on the upper deck in 2-4-2 configuration and 405 seats on the main deck in 3-4-3 configuration. All the Economy seats have 32” pitch and 10.6” IFE screens.

The IFE (in-flight entertainment) system has a lot to offer with great collection of entertainment, news and audio. The IFE will also display a live view of outside the aircraft from a tail camera, the first on Qatar Airways.

All passengers on the A380 can experience the in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity allowing them to send emails for work, browse the web, or stay up-to-date with their social network. The cost and availability of the service to the passengers was not declared by the airline yet.

The Airline will judge the performance of the current fleet after its inaugural flight before placing any more orders for this type of aircraft. The rivals in the industry Emirates currently fly 50 A380’s in their fleet, which has a list price of $380 million.

Qatar Airways will have received a total of 4 Airbus A380’s by end of 2014 and will operate a daily flight on London and Paris routes which are the most popular on the airline’s network. The first commercial flight will be QR001 to London Heathrow on October 10th 2014.

Link to the events live stream

What are your thoughts? Will you be flying on the A380 soon?

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Airbus A350 XWB in Qatar Airways Livery

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Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, together with Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO and Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Head of A350 XWB programme, at a ceremony revealing the special customer livery on A350 XWB flight test-aircraft MSN 4 which will be on static and air display at the Singapore Airshow.

Photo Credit: Airbus

Qatar Airways A380 in full livery

And here it is the freshly painted #1 Airbus A380 of Qatar Airways after being rolled out of the paint hangar in Hamburg.  MSN137 (F-WWST) was rolled out painted and outfitted on the Flight Line, after 14 weeks since arrival, it’s the fastest Head-Of-Version so far at Hamburg facility.

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Photo Credit:  Airbus-Aktuell

Airbus 350 XWB Maiden Flight

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Thousands of Airbus Employees, Aviation enthusiasts and many more watching online witnessed the Maiden flight of Airbus 350 XWB from the Blagnac airport in Tolouse, France.

The air frame conducting today’s maiden flight is a A 350-900 variant of the A 350 XWB family program. This aircraft from Airbus is the direct competitor of Boeing’s trouble hit yet popular B 787 also known as Boeing Dreamliner.

This first flight marks the beginning of a test campaign totaling around 2,500 flight hours. Airbus will have 5 aircraft’s of the current model in the Test program of A 350 XWB for certification purposes. Two of these aircraft’s will be fit with cabins for testing procedures before the 1st entry into airline service in the second half of 2014 with first operator Qatar Airways.

Here are some highlights of the Maiden flight of A 350 XWB

A350 XWB Chief Test Pilot, Peter Chandler live from cockpit

You can know more and follow all the latest news and details on the A 350 XWB Website: http://www.a350xwb.com/

Photo Credit: Airbus Website

Airbus Announces A350 XWB First Flight

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Airbus has officially announced that their newest model A350 XWB will take to the skies on its maiden flight on Friday, 14th June.

A350 XWB “MSN1” will take off from its Toulouse headquarters – Blagnac airport at around 10:00 am local time which will be witnessed by all Airbus employees based at Toulouse and many other online.

“The A350 XWB flight test teams are now carrying out the last checks on the A350 XWB “MSN1” before they give their final green light for the first flight to take place this Friday”, said Airbus.

Here is the crew of the A350 XWB maiden flight.

A350 CREW

You can catch all the action live on the below links:

www.airbus.com
www.A350xwb.com
www.youtube.com/user/airbus

 

Credits: Photos from A350XWB website