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The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha

Last updated on: February 06, 2014 16:13 IST


Photographs: Courtesy, Airbus

Airbus A350 XWB made its first-ever landing at Qatar’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport (HIA), before departing for its next stop, the Singapore Airshow.

Qatar Airways is one of the first few customers of the long-range, two-engined wide-body jet airliners.

The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Airbus

The arrival of the A350 XWB to Doha from its Airbus base in Toulouse was a unique opportunity for both Airbus’ flight crew as well as HIA air traffic control and ground officials.

The airport brand new 4,850-metre eastern runway is engineered to meet the requirements of the world’s biggest and most advanced aircraft.

The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Airbus

HIA’s dual runway system comprises a 4,850-metre eastern runway and a 4,250-metre western runway that are two kilometers apart.

Designed for superior runway efficiency, it will be able to handle an incredible 100 aircraft every hour.

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The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Qatar Airways

Commenting on the occasion, Al Baker said: “HamadInternational Airport, which was built for advanced aircraft such as the Airbus A350 XWB, is our flagship asset and will soon be the new home of Qatar Airways and our modern fleet of aircraft, including the A350 XWB family.”

The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Qatar Airways

Now in its advanced flight test program phase, the efficient A350 XWB airliners are scheduled to enter into commercial service in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Qatar Airways has ordered 80 aircraft to date, leaning towards the larger A350-900 and A350-1000 models, which better suit its business model and passenger requirements.

The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Qatar Airways

The A350 XWB is a family of mid-sized wide-body airliners designed to enhance fuel, operating costs and environmental efficiencies during medium-to-long haul airline operations.

Featuring the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies, these highly efficient aircraft provide better fuel efficiency of up to 25 per cent.

Tags: XWB , Doha

The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Qatar Airways

Over 70 per cent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 percent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys.

The aircraft’s innovative all-new Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance.

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The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Qatar Airways

“It was certainly a proud and symbolic occasion for Qatar Airways and our team of air traffic and ground control crew at HIA to experience landing the new A350 at our new airport, as it gave us a unique glimpse into the exciting developments around the corner,” concluded Al Baker.

Representing one third the size of the city of Doha, HIA spans 22 square km, and is one of the most elaborate Greenfield airport projects in the world today.

The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Airbus

Its state-of-the-art design aims to set a new global standard in commercial aviation.

Upon initial opening, it will accommodate up to 24 million passengers, and up to 50 million by 2015.

Tags: XWB , Doha

The fuel-efficient Airbus A350 XWB's first landing at Doha


Photographs: Courtesy, Airbus

With its dual runway system, it will have the capacity to handle up to 360,000 aircraft annually, approximately 2.5 times more than the current airport.

Tags: XWB , Doha