First Airbus A350-1000 powered by Trent XWB-97 engine enters service

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Qatar Airways is the world's largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order, 20 in fleet (A350-900) and the largest A350-1000 customer.

After performing a celebratory fly-by over Doha's corniche, the arrival of the aircraft from the Airbus production facility in Toulouse, France, was greeted by a celebratory water cannon salute. The first A350-1000 was handed over to the Gulf carrier on Tuesday, joining the smaller A350-900, which has been in service for three years.

Qatar hasn't revealed any immediate plans to expand its freight network, but according to Airbus, the A350-1000 "will be capable of supporting long-haul routes to emerging markets such as Shanghai-Boston or Paris-Santiago, as well as more traditional flight segments, such as Manchester-Los Angeles or Dubai-Melbourne".

Lucas-Ugena was speaking to reporters ahead of the first ever A350-1000 delivery to launch customer Qatar Airways.

But sales of the 777-300ER have picked up, and Boeing is working on plans to leapfrog the A350-1000 with an upgraded 777X boasting over 400 seats.

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"As a Qatari, this is a moment of great pride for me, and for the country as a whole".

The configuration of the A350-1000 ordered by Qatar Airways will include 44 additional seats and the aircraft features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and powerful Rolls Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. "We look forward to providing our customers with continued award-winning service from day one with this latest aircraft". The airline said it is looking at the possibility of upgrading some of its -900 orders for more -1000s. The first aircraft fully-fitted with Qsuite was launched on the Doha-London route last summer on the B777, and was soon followed by service to Paris and NY, with service to Washington, D.C. launched most recently last month.

India has permitted foreign investors, barring foreign airlines, to own up to 100 per cent stake in local carriers.

The new aircraft is also more powerful in terms of thrust on take-off, and is more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

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