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Airbus delivers first A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

Dec. 22, 2014, Paris, Fra. - Airbus has at last delivered its first A350 jet, handing over the wide-body plane to Qatar Airways after years of delays and a multibillion-dollar redesign.


December 22, 2014
By The Associated Press

The European planemaker hopes the A350 XWB will help it catch up in a long-haul market dominated by rival Boeing’s 777 and 787. Airbus revamped the original A350 design to make it more fuel-efficient and marketable.

Hoping to turn the page on the plane’s difficult beginnings, Airbus delivered the first A350 to Qatar Airways on Monday in a ceremony in Toulouse in southern France. It’s the company’s first new-generation passenger jet since the superjumbo A380.

Qatar is working to transform itself into a major aviation hub as the natural gas-rich Gulf nation prepares to host the soccer World Cup in 2022.

Editor’s Note: Editor Matt Nicholls is in Qatar this week and will have a special report on the A350 XWB in the next issue of Wings