On Monday, 22 December 2014, the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered the first A350 XWB to the to Qatar Airways in a ceremony at Toulouse, France. In future, the long-range aircraft with the extra-wide body (XWB) will be used in future on services between Frankfurt and Doha, the Aircraft manufacturer said. The hand-over ceremony also meant a good day for the Airbus employees in Hamburg Finkenwerder. In Hamburg, not only the aircraft’s innovative all-new Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage are being produced, but also the cabin is being installed in the Elbe city, the world’s third biggest location of aviation construction.
The new Airbus aircraft is much more economical than other long-haul aircraft. It sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness, with 25 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to its current competitor. It will also bring a new level of passenger comfort, with more personal space and 18-inch wide seats in economy. Airbus described the delivery of the first A350 as historic and important milestone in the history of aviation. So far, Airbus reiceived orders for 778 A350 aircraft.
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