Qatar Airways to Begin Airbus A350 Service to Philadelphia in 2016
Airline First to Operate A350 to the U.S.
Qatar Airways announced that it will become the first carrier to fly the Airbus A350 to the United States. The carrier’s A350 ferry flight is scheduled to land at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 2 p.m. local time.
The aircraft will be put into use on the airline’s daily route from Hamad International Airport in Doha to Philadelphia International Airport on January 1 2016.
The plane is equipped with 36 lie-flat seats in business class and 247 seats in economy class. Business-class seats are in a 1-2-1 configuration, each with a width of 22” and a bed length of 80”, as well as a 17” HD entertainment screen.
Seats in economy class are 18”, with a pitch of between 31” and 32”, each with a 10.6” screen. The plane’s new Oryx entertainment system features up to 2,000 entertainment options in both classes, LED mood lighting, and in-flight Wi-Fi.
The carrier expects to take delivery of additional A350s throughout next year, and will put the planes into operation on flights to Boston on March 16, as well as on a second daily flight to JFK. Additionally, the airline will begin service to Adelaide, Australia on May 2.
Qatar Airways currently offers A350 service from Doha to Frankfurt, Munich, and Singapore.
The Airbus A350, which is a direct competitor of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is longer and wider than the current A330 and A340 models and, through design advancements, significant use of composite materials, and all-new Rolls Royce turbofans, 25% more efficient.
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