Qatar Air starts A350 service to Changi
Qatar Airways became the first airline to operate the world’s newest aircraft to Singapore and the Asia Pacific region on Monday with the inaugural A350 XWB service arriving at Singapore's Changi Airport.
May 13, 2015
By Denice Cabel
Qatar Airways, as the global launch customer for the A350 XWB, became the first airline to operate the world’s newest aircraft to Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region on Monday, with the inaugural A350 XWB service arriving in Singapore Changi Airport.
Upon touching down at Singapore Changi Airport, QR944 was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute, a long-held tradition to welcome special flights or planes to an airport, and an exclusive welcome ceremony.
Marwan Koleilat, Qatar Airways’ chief commercial officer, speaking at the welcome ceremony held at Changi Airport, 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. With the A350 XWB, all 283 passengers can be assured of unprecedented levels of comfort across all classes when travelling to Doha and onwards to key destinations in Europe and the Americas.”
Following Frankfurt, Singapore is only the second route for the world’s newest aircraft for which Qatar Airways was a significant contributor to its design in partnership with aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, and engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce.