Qatar takes the Airbus

Qatar Airways is becoming a new customer for the Airbus A380 and A330 aircraft.

Having decided to acquire two of Airbus’ all-new very large airliner plus two options, Qatar Airways becomes the ninth customer to order the Airbus A380 aircraft. Qatar Airways has also selected the A330, having decided to acquire five of the A330-200 plus three options.

Launched in December 2000, the A380 has already won 66 firm commitments from nine customers, plus another 54 options.

Both A380s will be delivered in the last quarter of 2007, giving the carrier the increased capacity that it will need by then on its most heavily travelled routes.

Deliveries of the A330-200s will begin in April 2002. They will be used to replace A300-600Rs on Qatar Airways’ Doha-London route and other services to Europe and Asia, as well as to inaugurate new nonstop services to the Far East. The A330s will seat 235 passengers in a first, business and economy layout.

Qatar Airways has chosen General Electric CF6-80E1 engines to power its A330-200s. It has yet to select engines for its A380s.

Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of six A320s and seven A300-600Rs on airline services, as well as an Airbus Corporate Jetliner and an A340 on behalf of the Qatar Amiri Flight.

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