22 SEPTEMBER 2014
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Akbar Al Bakar, CEO of Qatar Airways, was in a consolatory mood last week when Qatar Airways finally took delivery of their first Airbus A380. No threats of cancelling orders as in the past when manufacturers have not met his exacting standards, just a fine welcome for an aircraft that is somewhat late. And with rival Etihad about to take their aircraft too.
“By introducing the A380 to our ever expanding fleet, it will strengthen Doha’s position as a key regional and global aviation hub. As we are continuously reviewing our passenger offering to always provide the very best in class, for us the arrival of the A380 opens a new chapter in the unparalleled, signature service we provide to travellers on board with Qatar Airways.”
The airline has 10 of the Airbus giants on order with this first aircraft due on the London route shortly and three more due for delivery by the end of the year.
Qatar Airways’ A380 will accommodate a total of 517 people – 461 in Economy, 48 in Business and eight in First Class. The lower deck is all Economy, but at the rear of the upper deck there is accommodation for 56 Economy Class passengers. www.airbus.com
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