Dubai: Qatar Airways will take delivery of its first Airbus A350 on schedule next month, said Akbar Al Baker, the airlines chief executive in Dubai on Tuesday.
The Doha-based airline recently rejected its first Airbus A380 over it said was concerns with the quality of the cabin fittings. Qatar Airways took delivery of the A380 in September, three-months after schedule.
Al Baker told reporters “everything is perfect” with the A350 and that the airline is likely to receive the widebody between December 12 and 15.
Qatar Airways will be the first operator of the A350-900 when it is delivered next month.
The A350, of which Qatar Airways has 80 on order, is the European aircraft manufactures latest and most advanced jet.
Al Baker spoke to reporters following a closed-door meeting with airline executives as part of the 47th Arab Air Carriers Organisation Annual General Meet that is being held in Dubai this week.
On the A380, Al Baker said he “very happy” with the superjumbo, which he said has so far achieved a 100 per cent dispatch reliability rate. The dispatch rate measures an aircraft consistency in taking off on schedule.
He also said Qatar Airways was not currently considering any changes to the aircraft, of which it currently has two.