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Qatar Airways Likely To Get Its First Airbus A350-1000 By This Year

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Airbus has informed Qatar Airways that it will receive its first A350-1000 aircraft before the end of the year. Qatar Airways is the launch customer of Europe’s largest twin-engine passenger jet and it will be flying its first in this year. A total of 37 aircrafts has been ordered by the airways.

The airline, one of the Middle East’s largest, has axed orders for four of the smaller A350-900s and in the past rejected aircraft over what it said were quality issues.

“Airbus has assured us we would receive our airplanes, though late, but we will receive it before the end of the year,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker told reporters in Doha.

Qatar Airways ordered 80 A350s, which includes those now cancelled and currently has 19 A350-900s in its fleet. Al Baker had earlier said that the relationship with Airbus was strained because of delivery issues.

Qatar Airways is also renegotiating its 50 jet single aisle A320neo order, which also includes A319 and A321 versions, after first rejecting delivery of the aircraft in December 2015 over what it said were performance issues.

Al Baker is hopeful that Airbus would start delivering a converted order for only the larger A321neos in the second half of 2018.

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