Qatar Airways announces plan to launch A380 to Paris

Doha carrier says it will use soon-to-be-delivered superjumbo on French route from July 3
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 25 May 2014 02:22 AM

Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch its soon-to-be-delivered A380 superjumbo on its route to Paris.

The Doha-based airline said the its second A380 aircraft will commence operations to Paris Charles De Gaulle route this summer from Hamad International Airport.

Qatar Airways recently announced that the first of its 13 A380 aircraft on order will commence operations on the QR003 and QR004 London-Heathrow route from June 17.

Following this, the airline has now confirmed that its second A380 will be used to fly to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport from Doha from July 3.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, said: “It is yet another significant moment for our airline as we welcome these new aircraft into our rapidly expanding fleet.

Operating on the Doha to Paris Charles De Gaulle route, these aircraft, with their customised cabins and five-star specifications, will set a new level of comfort for our passengers.”

Featuring a tri-class configuration of seating in First, Business and Economy Class, over two decks, the A380 is the largest passenger jet in the world.

The new First Class A380 seat, recently revealed at the world’s leading travel show, ITB Berlin, features a 90-inch seat pitch, transforming into a fully flat bed, together with an expansive choice of entertainment options displayed on individual 26-inch television screens.

Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways' new home as of May 27, has been designed to specifically cater to the A380 aircraft, with six contact gates designed especially for the superjumbo.

In addition, the maintenance hangar at HIA – which is the largest in the world – is able to accommodate two A380s simultaneously.

In addition to the 13 A380 aircraft the airline currently has on order, Qatar Airways is also set this year to welcome the first of 80 A350 aircraft, the world’s newest aircraft, as Airbus’ launch customer.

This forms part of Qatar Airways' plans to significantly expand its fleet with 300 additional aircraft, worth more than $50 billion, on order, including the Boeing 787 and 777X.

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