The passenger aircraft embarked on its first commercial flight to London last Saturday. Picture: Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways  announce London as the first route for the world’s first commercial service of its Airbus A350-1000. The five-star Gulf carrier is the global launch customer for the state-of-the-art-aircraft, following delivery by Airbus from the aircraft manufacturer’s base in Toulouse, France last Tuesday.
The world’s first A350-1000 XWB embarked upon its first commercial service to the UK capital on February 24 as QR 15 at 3:55pm and after a 7-hour 30 minute flight, landed at London’s Heathrow Airport at 8:25pm. The A350-1000 will operate a daily non-stop service between Doha and London.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said the airline chose London as the inaugural destination for this aircraft because it is able to provide a significant increase in capacity on one of our most popular routes, offering enhanced levels of comfort for our passengers. 

"For the first time in an Airbus aircraft, it will also feature our award-winning, patented Qsuite, offering a First Class experience in Business Class for both business and leisure travellers.

“As one of our flagship routes, we provide our passengers with the most advanced aircraft to fly in comfort and style from Doha to London. Our new A350-1000 provides this in abundance, alongside its sister aircraft, the A350-900, the double-decker A380 as well as the Boeing Dreamliner and the Qsuite-fitted Boeing 777. We look forward to introducing this highly-impressive next-generation aircraft to many other cities, thanks to our extensive and rapidly expanding global route network," he said. 

Airbus Executive Vice President, Chief of Sales, Marketing and Contracts, Eric Schulz, said this milestone marks a game change in wide body operator economics and long-haul passenger comfort. 

"The A350-1000 features the quietest cabin in its size category and minimise environmental impact with less fuel burn, lower noise and reduced emissions, making it a great neighbor for London citizens," he said. 

Qatar Airways offers six flights a day between Doha and London, providing a fast and frequent connection between the two capital cities. 

The A350-1000 XWB will offer a total of 327 seats across two cabins, with 46 award-winning Qsuite Business Class seats and 281 18-inch extra wide Economy Class seats. It offers enhanced levels of passenger comfort, thanks to the lowest twin engine noise level of any aircraft, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting.

Qatar Airways will launch the first daily direct flights between Doha and Cardiff, U.K in May 2018.

Named the ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, Qatar Airways is preparing to launch scores of exciting new destinations in 2018, including Thessaloniki, Greece; and Cardiff, U.K., to name just a few.