MIAMI — The Airbus A350 XWB completed its maiden voyage to Qatar on Wednesday. It is the first such visit by the new airplane to the home country of its launch customer Qatar Airways.
The airplane landed at Doha’s gleaming Hamad International Airport where it was shown off to company executives and press. The airport will be the eventual home to Qatar’s 80 A350s presently on order. The Doha-based carrier expects to receive its first airplane late in 2014.
The airplane made the stop while en route to the Singapore Airshow. Interestingly Qatar Airways will have one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners at the show. Qatar will be the first to operate both the A350 and the Dreamliner composite-based airplanes.
Yesterday, Airbus and Qatar revealed a special hybrid livery A350 at the manufacturer’s home base of Toulouse. It sports logos and design components from both companies. The airplane, MSN4, is expected to join the test fleet in Toulouse soon.