15 DECEMBER 2014
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Qatar Airways have confirmed that they plan to put the Airbus A350 into XWB service on the Doha – Frankfurt route from 15 January in spite of a delivery delay.
The first aircraft was due to leave Toulouse on 13 December but this did not happen due to what the planemaker described as "very minor issues" requiring more test flights.
Airbus said last Wednesday that the ceremony planned for Saturday (13 December) to deliver the aircraft to Qatar had been postponed, without giving a new date.
"We planned 10 days for the delivery process. It was perhaps a little bit optimistic knowing it was the very first aircraft," Didier Evrard, Head of the A350 said.
He said Airbus had already carried out three extra flights and still had two or three more to do.
He said though that he was confident the plane would be delivered before the end of the year. www.airbus.com www.qatarairways.com
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