Qatar Airways’ first A380-800 will be welcomed into the rapidly growing fleet of the airline, at a VIP inaugural ceremony to be held at Hamad International Airport on Thursday.
The ceremony, to be held under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, will see Qatar Airways reach another milestone in the airline’s short history, as it greets the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which will operate in a three-class configuration of first, business and economy class spread over two decks.
Qatar Airways is set to receive four Airbus A380s by the end of this year.
Group Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said: “It is a significant moment in our airline’s history to welcome this aircraft into our rapidly expanding fleet. We remain committed to offering our passengers the best possible experience when it comes to travelling with our airline and our exacting standards are reflected in our award winning five-star service.
“Soon to operate on the Doha to London Heathrow route, this aircraft, with a customised interior cabin, will set a new level of comfort for our passengers, who will also benefit from a smooth and pleasant passenger experience at the world’s newest airport, Hamad International Airport.”
The new first class A380 seat is a bespoke design element of the new A380, featuring a 90-inch seat pitch, transforming into a fully flat bed, together with an expansive choice of entertainment options displayed on individual 26-inch television screens.
The arrival this year of the airline´s first A380 marks a significant milestone for Qatar Airways, whose new home, Hamad International Airport (HIA), has been specially designed to cater to the aircraft, with five contact gates developed for the superjumbo.
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