Group Chief Executive, H.E. Akbar Al Baker said: “This has been a moment more than a decade in the making and we are so delighted to unveil a new passenger experience for our travellers. The A380 that we are introducing is not just any A380; we have completely designed every element, giving it a signature touch that has never been seen before on board."
“Additionally, the newly opened Hamad International Airport, the airline’s hub in Doha, has been specifically created with the A380 in mind, five contact gates dedicated only for this aircraft, making the experience smooth and effortless for passengers.
“At Qatar Airways we pay careful consideration to all elements of the passenger experience and are regularly introducing innovations that make a travel experience what it should be – enjoyable and something to look forward to.”
The airline will introduce the A380 services on the Doha – London route from October, followed by Paris Charles De Gaulle shortly thereafter.
“We are very pleased to welcome Qatar Airways as the latest airline to offer unprecedented A380 services to the world. The multi-award-winning carrier and our flagship product are a perfect match to excite the flying public in all markets,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
The 517-seat aircraft is ranged across twin decks in a tri-class configuration of 8 seats in First Class; 48 seater Business Class and 461 in Economy Class.
The First Class seats feature a 90-inch pitch with a fully flat bed.
Business Class seats feature a pitch of 52 inches which also recline to fully flat beds.
Economy Class passengers benefit from a pitch of 32 inches spread in a ten-seats-across layout.
In-flight entertainment on board is state-of-the-art using the Thales mainframe Top Series Avant system with features such as an Android open platform with intuitive swipe functions and a customised HD monitor of up to 26” in First Class.
The airline currently operates a mixed fleet of the Airbus family of aircraft, a large contingent being the single-aisle A320s and also a mixed range of A330s and A340s.
In the last quarter of 2014, it is expected that the airline will start receiving its first A350 XWB aircraft as the world’s launch customer.
On October 30th, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
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