Qatar Airways to receive new four A380-800s
Qatar Airways will get four of the 10 new Airbus A380-800s on order before this year-end.
The national carrier of Qatar held a media event alongside with Airbus at the Airbus Factory in Hamburg, Germany, on Tuesday as the Qatar Airways took delivery of its first A380.
In the media event, Group chief executive of airlines Akbar al-Baker said: “This has been a moment more than a decade in the making and we are so delighted to unveil a new passenger experience for our travelers.
“The Airbus A380 that we are introducing is not just any A380; we have perfectly designed every element, giving it a signature touch that has never been seen before on board.
“Moreover, the newly opened up Hamad International Airport, the airline’s hub in Doha, has been exclusively created with the A380 in mind, with five passenger gates dedicated only for this aircraft, making the experience smooth and effortless for passengers.
“At Qatar Airways, we pay very careful consideration to all elements of the passenger experience and are frequently introducing innovations that make a travel experience what it should be – enjoyable and something to look forward to.”
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Qatar Airways as the latest airline to offer unprecedented A380 services to the world. The multi-award-winning carrier and our flagship product are a perfect match to excite the flying public in all markets.
“Leading carrier Qatar Airways aims for the best, and we are proud our A380 is an essential ingredient in their strategy to show off their excellence and hospitality, connecting the world.”
The A380 comes as a 517-seat aircraft and is spread across two decks in a three-class configuration of eight seats in first class, 48 seats in business class and 461 in economy.
The first class seats feature a 90-inch pitch with a fully flat bed.
Business class seats feature a pitch of 52 inches, which also recline to fully flat beds.
Economy class passengers benefit from the most spacious A380 arrangement flying in the skies, with a pitch of 32 inches spread in a 10-seats-across layout.
The premium cabin is fitted with multiple bespoke elements such as “luxe finishings” and tailor-made fabrics designed exclusively for the airline.
In-flight entertainment is state-of-the-art, using the Thales mainframe “Top Series Avant” system with features such as an Android open platform with intuitive swipe functions and customised HD monitor of up to 26 inches in first class.
The airline currently operates a mixed fleet of the Airbus family of aircraft, a large contingent being the single-aisle A320s and also a mixed range of A330s and A340s.
In the last quarter of 2014, it is expected that the Qatar Airways will start receiving its first A350 XWB aircraft as the world’s launch customer.