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Qatar Airways' first A350 XWB.
Qatar Airways' first A350 XWB. Photo courtesy the airline.

Qatar Airways to take delivery of first Airbus A350 XWB on December 13

Launch customer Qatar Airways will take delivery of the world’s first A350 XWB from Airbus on December 13, 2014, in Toulouse, France. The airline has 80 A350s on order with the European airframer.

The A350 will be first deployed in to commercial service on the Doha Frankfurt route in January 2015.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’s response to Boeing 787 Dreamliner and like the US aircraft makes extensive use of composite (53% of the airframe) and advanced aluminium and titanium alloys (over 17% of the airframe), along with new generation engines to reduce fuel costs and improve the quietness of the aircraft. The A350 fuselage is made from an innovative carbon fibre re-inforced plastic (CFRP) which also improves maintenance.

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