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

Qatar Airways One World Alliance

Finally the word is out. This morning Qatar Airways CEO Mr.Akber Al Baker signed the official alliance with One World and displayed their sexy Boeing 777 (A7-BAA) in the One World livery.

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Although the aircraft still had the engines in the regular QR livery which looked a bit odd. Look forward to seeing more of the birds in the One World livery.

Here is the aircraft in daylight at Hamad International Airport

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Here is the link to the ferry flight of A7-BAA from Dublin as QR 3250 to Doha on Flightradar24.

http://www.flightradar24.com/2013-10-27/23:18/12x/QTR3250

Photo credits: photo by El-AMD

Qatar Airways Airbus A 380 takes to the skies

Finally #1 A 380 of the worlds 5 star airline Qatar Airways took to the skies on it’s maiden flight. The aircraft which had it’s first flight is MSN 137 F-WWST off the assembly line at Toulouse.

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Soon after the first flight the aircraft was ferried to Hamburg for outfitting and painting. Soon we will get to see the super jumbo in Qatar Airways livery.

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The competitors from the middle east seen at Toulouse.

Where do you expect to see QR deploy the Super Jumbo? Thoughts?

Photo Credits: A380_TLS_A350 on Flickr

Qatar Airways Airbus A-380 On Course for 2014 Delivery

Here are 2 of the 10 ordered Airbus 380 super jumbo jets of the worlds 5 star airline Qatar Airways.

The first is expected to be pushed into service in Q2 2014 and hopefully the brand new Hamad International Airport will be operational by the.

Looking forward to seeing these beauties in Qatar Airways livery. The aircrafts are currently undergoing Final Assembly and The aircrafts are MSN137 which is currently on the flight line/Paint Hangar and MSN143 which will be rolled out in coming weeks.

Also assembly of Qatar Airways A380 #3 has begun at the Airbus factory in Toulouse.

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Photo Credits: A380_TLS_A350 on Flickr