1 APRIL 2019
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Growth into new markets and new destinations has been promised by Qatar Airways following the arrival of its 250th aircraft, an Airbus A350-900 from Toulouse. The event was hailed by the airline as “a significant milestone”.
The arrival comes just 22 years after the carrier began operations and joins a state-of-the-art fleet where the average age of aircraft is less than five years. As of last week, the fleet has 203 passenger aircraft, 25 cargo and 22 Qatar Executive jets.
Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “The delivery of our newest Airbus A350-900 is a mark of the outstanding growth we have seen over the past two decades, and our commitment to flying only the newest and most advanced aircraft.”
Qatar Airways was launch customer for the A350-900 in 2014. In January 2015, it scored another first by deploying its new A350 XWB on the Frankfurt route and in 2016 became the first airline to fly the A350 family to three continents. The airline was launch customer for the Airbus A350-1000 last year (BTN 26 February 2018).
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