QA to showcase best of its fleet at Paris Air Show
MAY 26, 2015: Qatar Airways is preparing to showcase its fleet with a display of five aircraft at the 2015 Paris Air Show, which takes place next month at Le Bourget in Paris. With bespoke, highly-customised interiors, the airline’s new range of aircraft will undoubtedly be the talk of the show, in particular the Airbus A380 and A350 XWB, both of which entered service for the airline recently, with Qatar Airways receiving the A350 as Global Launch Customer. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said, “The five aircraft that will be on display at this year’s Paris Air Show symbolise the dynamic growth of our airline and our constant focus on world-class quality. Not only will we be showcasing our A350 XWB for which we are the Global Launch Customer, but we will also have four other benchmark-setting aircraft this year, showcasing Qatar Airways’ five-star hospitality.” The A350 XWB, which entered service in January and now flies double-daily to Frankfurt and daily to Munich from October this year, is also being rolled out across three daily services to Singapore this summer, and will prove popular with aviation enthusiasts visiting the show, as Qatar Airways remains the only airline in the world flying this next generation aircraft. The 517-seat A380 superjumbo comprising of First, Business and Economy Class over two decks, is the largest passenger jet in the world, and currently flies to Bangkok, Paris and London from Doha in the State of Qatar. The new First Class A380 seat features a 90-inch seat pitch, transforms into a fully flat bed and has up to 2,000 entertainment options displayed on individual 26-inch television screens. Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats with a high standard of comfort on board, including individual 10.6 inch television screens for all Economy Class seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service. The A320 on display has 12 Business Class seats, 120 Economy Class seats and on-demand audio video at every seat. Qatar Airways is in the middle of a major investment programme upgrading its A320 aircraft to include 180-degree lie flat-beds, new 15.4 inch smart monitors and touch-screen remote control handsets as well as power, USB ports and connectivity for smart devices in Business Class. The Airbus A319 all Business Class aircraft, which flies daily from Doha to London Heathrow, will also be a popular attraction at the show. This aircraft is configured with a single aisle, 2-2 seating configuration, offering 40 premium Business Class seats and the experience of what feels like a VIP jet. Qatar Airways’ A319 Business Class seat has one of the highest specifications for Business Class travel of any airline, with wide seats that recline into fully flat beds.