Picture from Airbus.

LONDON – Qatar Airways will be upsizing its order for Airbus A350 aircraft. Five of the A350-900s that the Doha-based carrier has on order, have been upsized to the larger variant, the A350-1000.

Qatar Airways will become the largest customer of the -1000 variant.

The Qatari carrier was the first to fly both A350-900 and -1000. Today, the airline operates 30 A350s (27 -900s and three -1000s) and has 76 more on order.

Picture of A7-ALU, Qatar Airways A350-900 landing at Cardiff Airport. Picture from Qatar Airways.

Commenting on the upgrade was Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, who emphasized the success the A350-1000 has had so far. “Qatar Airways is delighted to have upgraded five of its previously ordered A350-900 to the more recently launched A350-1000,” he said.

“Since taking delivery of the world’s first A350-1000 in February 2018, we have been extremely pleased with the aircraft’s performance, which has prompted us to update our original order.”

According to Al Baker, the A350-1000 has been “a welcome addition to our fleet and very well received by our passengers.”

The new A350-1000s are also equipped with the airline’s new QSuite. The airline took delivery of the world’s first back in February 2018, an event covered live by Airways all the way from Toulouse to Doha.

Guillaume Faury, Airbus’ President of Commercial Aircraft complimented the airline for upsizing the order.

“Since its entry into service, the A350 Family has proven outstanding reliability and efficiency. We are delighted to see launch customer Qatar Airways extend its confidence in the A350-1000,” he said.

“Qatar Airways is renowned for its standards of excellence, and we are pleased the A350-1000 delivers to their expectations, being the aircraft of choice to seamlessly increase capacity in unprecedented comfort on its growing long-haul routes.”

The Airbus A350-1000 is seven meters longer providing 44 more seats worth of capacity for the airline, which will perfect the needs of the carrier’s long-haul network.

Airbus has had 890 firm orders for the A350 family from 46 different customers worldwide.