Airbus has delivered the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways.
The flag carrier took delivery of its first A350 at a launch ceremony in Toulouse this morning (December 22).
Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “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.”
Airbus has 778 aircraft on order from airlines, with Qatar the largest customer with 80.
The first of 80 A350-900 on order from Qatar will take its first commercial flight on the Doha-Frankfurt route from January 2015.