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Flight Review: Taking Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350 Delivery Flight to Doha

Discussion in 'Trip Experiences' started by vegli, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. vegli

    vegli Hangar Gold Member I

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    OHA, QATAR - At 9:28 PM LT on Tuesday, December 23, Qatar’s first A350 XWB landed in Doha–under the cover of darkness–with approximately 70 Qatar employees, VIP’s and media on-board the delivery flight from Toulouse, France.
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    Qatar’s A350 XWB quietly sits at the gate waiting to head home to Doha. Photo By Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

    On Monday, Airbus handed over the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways, and shortly after taking delivery of the aircraft, several executives and more than a hundred members of the media flew on a short demonstration flight over the Mediterranean.

    EXTRA: Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of World’s First Airbus A350 XWB

    EXTRA: On-Board Qatar’s A350 XWB Media Flight

    The delivery flight to Doha would be operated as a normal commercial scheduled flight, but just with fewer people then typical. Business Class was full while approximately ten passengers–who were all employees of Qatar–would have the two economy cabins to themselves.

    As much as I was anticipating experiencing the Airbus A350 XWB in a true commercial flight, I was equally as curious in putting Qatar’s renowned SkyTrax 5 star rated Business Class marketed and self-proclaimed as “World’s Best Business Class” to the test. Burning Questions include: Would it live up to all the hype and marketing expectations? Is it truly a First Class product at a Business Class price? Is the Airbus A350XWB cabin truly an “eXtra Wide Body” experience in the same league as it’s 787 competitor from Everett?

    Checking-In
    Executives and Media arrived at Airbus’ Toulouse Delivery Center early Tuesday morning to join Qatar in flying its newest addition to its growing fleet home to Doha.

    Upon arrival, it was business as usual; we went through standard check-in, customs, and security screenings as there would be at any flight. Once arriving at the gate, the media had an opportunity to walk around the A350 while it was getting ready for its six hour journey to Doha, and they even had an opportunity to do a little shopping in the Airbus store.

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    The Airbus Toulouse Delivery Center check-in counters. Photo By Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews
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    Boarding pass on the A350 XWB delivery flight. Photo By Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews
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    Qatar’s A350 XWB quietly sits at the gate waiting to head home to Doha. Photo By Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

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    Airbus swag for sale inside the delivery center. Photo By Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews
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    Airbus swag for sale inside the delivery center. Photo By Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews
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    Qatar’s A350 XWB quietly sits at the gate waiting to head home to Doha. Photo By Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews
    Time to Board
    Although it was just like any normal flight, there were no lines which made boarding very easy. And yes, even though this is a delivery flight, full security screening and customs were in affect. We boarded through the L2 door which has a bar in the middle of the cabin. It is complete with a signature middle light on the roof with an Arabic frame around the light. As with many operators 787, this provides an entry much like a hotel and enhances the boarding processes.

    More...
    http://airwaysnews.com/blog/2014/12/23/in-flight-review-qatars-a350-delivery-flight-to-doha/
     
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