Qatar Airways’ First A380 Super-Jumbo Lands in Doha -1

Speaking at a media conference Al Baker said, “The arrival of the new super-jumbo marks a moment of great pride for Qatar and the national airline.

“Qatar Airways has grown from strength to strength and is recognized all around the world for its excellence and high standards. This is thanks to the vision of HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and HH The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

“Qatar Airways began operations in 1997 with just four aircraft operating to 14 international routes. In 2003 we placed our order for the Airbus A380 Super-Jumbo and at that time we were operating to only 50 destinations with 28 aircraft. Today, as the A380 joins our rapidly growing fleet, we are operating 137 aircraft to 144 destinations in six continents.”
The A380 will form the backbone of our fleet and support our strategy of facilitating predominantly long-haul traffic with high density, wide-body aircraft, he said.

The capacity of the QA’s 380 is 517 in a tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 in Business Class and 461 in Economy spread across two decks.

The aircraft’s seat pitch of 90 inches is the longest in the industry and features bespoke interiors while the aircraft also features a premium lounge on the upper deck.

QA currently 13 Airbus A380 aircraft on order, 10 firm and three options, with a total of four set to be inducted into the fleet before the year end, he said. (MORE)

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