Qatar Airways has announced that Airbus A350-1000 will join its New York John F Kennedy (JFK) route from October 28, the airline’s first commercial route to the US operated with this "state-of-the-art" aircraft.
Qatar Airways is the global launch customer for the "world’s most advanced passenger aircraft", the latest member of the Airbus wide-body aircraft portfolio, which currently operates daily non-stop service between Doha and London.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said, “We are thrilled to introduce the A350-1000 on flights to and from JFK, one of our key US gateways. The introduction of this next-generation aircraft to the route demonstrates our commitment to providing passengers travelling to and from the US with the most modern and technologically advanced aircraft available, ensuring that their experience is second to none.
"We look forward to welcoming all passengers travelling to and from the US on board this spectacular aircraft.”
The A350-1000 offers a total of 327 seats across two cabins, with 46 award-winning Qsuite Business Class seats and 281 18-inch extra-wide Economy Class seats.
The aircraft provides enhanced levels of passenger comfort, thanks to the lowest twin-engine noise level of any aircraft, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting, the Doha-based carrier said in a statement.
Like the A350-900, more than 70% of the A350-1000’s lightweight airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53%), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys.
The aircraft’s carbon fibre reinforced plastic fuselage results in lower fuel burn, as well as easier maintenance. The A350-1000 also features a distinctive all-new, six-wheel main landing gear and 4% larger wings.
Qatar Airways’ A350-1000 features the airline’s patented, award-winning Business Class experience, Qsuite, which offers the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.
Qsuite is currently available on flights to and from JFK, as well as Washington, DC, Chicago and Houston.
In addition to being the global launch customer for the A350-1000, the airline was the global launch customer for the A350-900 in 2014.
The airline also recently took delivery of its fourth Gulfstream G650ER executive aircraft, the fastest ultra-long-range business jet in the world, making Qatar Airways the largest owner-operator of Gulfstream G650ERs.
Qatar Airways serves 10 cities across the US - Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
The airline provides double-daily flights from New York’s JFK airport.