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Qatar Airways flew the world’s newest aircraft A350 XWB to Singapore’s Changi Airport, becoming the world’s first major airline to do so
Upon touching down at the Changi Airport, QR944 was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute.
The Doha-based airline operates a double-daily service to Singapore with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will soon be replaced with the A350 XWB.
Qatar Airways chief commercial officer Marwan Koleilat said, “The A350 XWB is the third and final major new aircraft in a decade and Qatar Airways is delighted to be the first global airline to fly this state-of-the-art aircraft into Singapore and Asia Pacific. Singapore is a key market for Qatar Airways and we remain committed to offering our Singapore-based passengers the best in-flight experience possible.”
The A350 XWB’s business class cabin has 36 seats, featuring an 80-inch full flat bed and a 17-inch HD in-flight entertainment screen. The economy class has 247 18-inch wide seats. The aircraft features the Oryx entertainment system, with up to 2,000 entertainment options on individual screens. The cabin is equipped with LED lights and WiFi as well.
Qatar Airways is the global launch customer for the A350 XWB and remains the only airline to currently fly the world’s newest wide-body aircraft. Following Frankfurt, Singapore is the second route for the A350 XWB.