MIAMI — Qatar Airways has chosen Frankfurt as the first route for its Airbus A350-900 XWB, scheduled to go into service in January 2015. The first A350 is expected to be delivered to Doha before the end of 2014. The carrier currently operates two flights a day to Frankfurt using an Airbus A330-200.
The airline’s A350 will seat 283, configured in Business and Economy Class, with 36 and 247 seats, respectively. It currently has 80 A350s on order, and expects to have eight aircraft into its fleet by the end of 2015.
Qatar Airways took delivery of its first A380 aircraft September 17 and it is operating it daily on the Doha-London Heathrow route. And the carrier’s first A350 XWB in full airline livery successfully completed its maiden flight over the Airbus construction facility in Toulouse, France, on October 19.
“Qatar Airways looks forward to inaugurating our first A350 on the Doha–Frankfurt route, and to very soon introducing this next-generation aircraft on many other cities offered on the airline’s extensive network,” said Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive of Qatar Airways in a statement. The airline will fly to 146 destinations and launch new services to Djibouti, in the Republic of Djibouti, on October 26 and Asmara, in Eritrea on December 4.