Qatar Airways signs order for 80 Airbus A350XWBs
Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to
purchase 80 A350XWB aircraft. This agreement supersedes an earlier one signed
in 2005 for 60 of the original A350 aircraft.
The 80 aircraft include 20 A350-800s, 40 A350-900s and 20 of the largest in the family, the A350-1000. Deliveries will begin from 2013. Qatar Airways will use the A350XWBs to complement its A330s and A340s on regional and long haul routes.
"We are very honoured by Qatar Airways' decision to acquire the A350XWB. This is an outstanding endorsement of our newest product by a leading world carrier", said Airbus President and C.E.O Louis Gallois. "Qatar Airways has been a long standing Airbus customer with orders straddling all our aircraft families, including the A380. I wish to thank Qatar Airways for their latest decision which is a further evidence of the confidence they are placing in all our products", he added.
Qatar Airways is the largest all-Airbus operator in the Middle East, with a fleet that comprises aircraft from the A320, A300/A310 and A330/A340 families.