Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

By Jesse Sokolow on 17 September 2014
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A Qatar aircraft on the runway

A Qatar aircraft on the runway

Qatar Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Wednesday.  The carrier currently has nine more superjumbos on order.

Qatar plans to put the plane into service on its route between Doha’s Hamad International Airport and London Heathrow, followed by its Doha-Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport route.

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine plane that had its first flight in 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007.  A typical configuration is 525 seats and the plane can hold as many as 853 in an all-coach configuration.

Qatar’s A380 has eight seats in first class, 48 in business, and 461 seats in economy, as well as a lounge area for premium passengers.

Delivery of the airline’s first A380 was delayed earlier this year, when Airbus said that the plane needed some finishing touches.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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