Qatar Airways to treat Singapore and Tokyo to “the finest experience”

Posted by - August 28, 2018

Qatar Airways has announced that the A350-1000, equipped with the airline’s luxury Qsuite, will be available on flights to and from Singapore’s Changi Airport.
Starting from 1 November 2018, passengers travelling to Singapore can experience ‘the world’s most advanced passenger aircraft’ and its Qsuite offering, featuring private cabins and double beds in its business class. Singapore will be the first Southeast Asian city on the airline’s network to receive the A350-1000. Furthermore, the aircraft will also be introduced daily to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from 1 January 2019.
The two cities will be the first of Qatar Airways’ growing network in east to welcome the A350-1000 equipped with Qsuite.
“The finest experience available in the skies”
Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, H.E. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are tremendously excited to bring the world’s most technologically advanced passenger aircraft fitted with revolutionary Qsuite Business Class experience to our loyal customers in Singapore and Tokyo.”
“The launch of the A350-1000 on these routes is a fulfilment of the promise we make to our passengers to provide them with the finest experience available in the skies. We are confident that our A350-1000 flights and Qsuite cabins will be highly sought after, and look forward to bringing them to even more gateways throughout the Far East.”
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The A350-1000 widebody jetliners offer 327 seats across two cabins – 46 Qsuite Business Class seats and 281 extra-wide 18-inch seats in Economy Class. Similar to the A350-900, the high-performance aircraft boasts an advanced airframe with extensive use of composite materials. Coupled with a fuselage built with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, the jetliner burns lesser fuel, reducing harmful effects to the environment. On the inside, LED mood lighting mimics a natural sunrise and sunset to help reduce the effects of jet lag.
The Qsuite experience features the industry’s first-ever double-bed in business class and sliding panels that allow passengers in adjoining seats to transform their space into private cabins.
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, HIA, to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed forthcoming global destinations in line with its expansion plan, including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.

VIDEO: The making of Cathay Pacific’s first A350-1000

Posted by - June 20, 2018

Cathay Pacific has welcomed the newest member to its fleet, the first of its twenty Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. Take a look at what it takes to build one of the world’s newest long-range widebody airliner.
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The A350-100 is Cathay Pacific’s newest addition to its ever-growing fleet. Eight of these will be delivered this year, while the remainder is set to arrive by 2021. On 1 July 2018, the new airliner will start its first commercial flight to Taipei, and on 15 September in Washington DC. It will also introduce services to Madrid, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Manchester and Zurich in the coming winter.
“With the arrival of the A350-1000, our fleet is only going to get younger”
Paul Loo, chief customer and commercial officer at Cathay Pacific, said: “We already have one of the youngest long-haul fleets in the sky and with the arrival of the A350-1000, our fleet is only going to get younger.”
Related Posts The A350-1000 aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. It’s the largest variant in the A350 family, which could carry a total of 334 passengers across its business, premium economy and economy class cabins – 54 more passengers than the airline’s A350-900s. In addition, the widebody airliner provides a higher cabin pressure, which supplies more oxygen to reduce passenger fatigue and improve their well-being.
Loo added: “The aircraft follows the successful entry of the -900 variant which has enabled us to expand our long-haul network at a near-unprecedented rate, providing our customers with a wider range of non-stop travel choices, while at the same time strengthening Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s largest international aviation hub.”
“The aircraft brings major advantages in fuel and cost efficiency”
Eric Schulz, the chief commercial officer at Airbus, commented on the delivery of the aircraft: “We are proud to deliver the A350-1000 to our long-standing customer Cathay Pacific. The aircraft brings major advantages in fuel and cost efficiency along with unrivalled passenger comfort.
“The combination of the world’s newest wide-body and Cathay Pacific’s world-famous in-flight service will ensure that the airline can strengthen its position even further as one of the world’s leading international carriers.”