Qatar Airways has announced German business hub Frankfurt as the first route for its A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB) aircraft, which is expected to join the fleet before the end of this year.
Qatar Airways, the global launch operator of
European planemaker Airbus still plans to deliver its first A350 wide-body plane to launch customer Qatar Airways this year, but is aware that it is working for a "demanding" customer, its chief executive said.
The first A350 XWB for Qatar Airways is progressing towards delivery before year end, Airbus has announced.
The aircraft, equipped with Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, recently rolled out of the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, bearin
Rolls-Royce said it has started assembly of the first higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient aero engine flying today, which will exclusively power the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.
The Trent XWB-97,
Qatar Airways, the launch customer for the Airbus A350, expects to receive the first aircraft in the range ahead of scheduled delivery in December 2014, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday.
"They (Airbus) are
Europe's latest passenger jet, the Airbus A350, made its maiden flight on Friday and its chief salesman, opening a new front in a battle with US rival Boeing Company, declared it so quiet that airport residents won't even notice it.
Airbus expressed growing optimism about the schedule for the keenly-awaited maiden flight of its A350 on Tuesday, amid speculation that its first new jet in almost a decade could debut before next month's Paris air show.
Airbus has dropped lithium-ion batteries of the type that forced the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and will use traditional nickel-cadmium batteries in its crucially important next passenger jet, the A350.
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, has cancelled seven A350-1000 aircraft worth $2.3 billion from its order with Airbus, dealing a fresh setback to the European planemaker’s largest twin-engined jet development.
The Abu Dhabi
Airbus signed a $2 billion order with Yemen's Yemenia for 10 A350 XWB planes on Tuesday as deals at the Dubai Air Show neared $85 billion.
Both Airbus and Boeing are on track for a record-breaking year as demand from surging new markets, i