Qatar Airways to take A380 delivery
Dubai, May 5, 2014
Qatar Airways is set to take delivery of its maiden A380 aircraft on May 31. This is the first of its 13 fleet order.
Revealing the details at Arabian Travel Market, CEO Akbar Al Baker said Qatar Airways will be introducing the new A380 first class seat for the first time.
"It would be more than 2.2 metres in length and the widest in the industry, convertible in to a fully flat bed, and with a 26-inch television screen, a privacy screen, increased personal storage as well as a facility for two passengers to sit across from each other when dining," he added.
Additionally this month, Qatar Airways is to introduce a new daily all premium Business Class service from Doha to London Heathrow, the first service of its kind in the Middle East that will start on May 15.
The aircraft will be a 40-seat Airbus A319 with a 2-2 configuration, he said.
And, in a major move, Qatar Airways will move its hub operations to the new Hamad International Airport on May 27.
Meanwhile, confirming network expansion, Al Baker said new services were scheduled to be launched to Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia on May 15, followed by Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey on May 22; Edinburgh, Scotland on May 28; Miami, US on June 10; Haneda, Japan on June 18, Dallas/Fort Worth, US on July 1 and Djibouti on July 27.-TradeArabia News Service