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Qatar Airways’ First Airbus A350

UNDER THE cover of darkness Airbus has moved the first production A350-941 from its Toulouse paint shop back to the final assembly line where the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines are to be attached to the wings. The aircraft, A7-ALA (c/n 006), will be delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways before the end of the year. This will be the first of 80 examples ordered by the carrier on June 18, 2007 and comprises: 20 -800s, 40 -900s and 20 -1000s. On December 3, 2012 the airline amended its commitments for the type, dropping the smaller -800 in favour of three more -900s and 17 additional -1000s.

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In the November issue of Airliner World, we profile Australia’s leading domestic airline and flag carrier subsidiary QantasLink. We also report on Latvian carrier airBaltic’s recent turnaround, welcome the arrival of Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 and examine whether global airline alliances are here to stay, or are they being put under pressure by new models of inter-carrier co-operation This issue celebrates some major landmarks; we join US Airways for the final flights of its iconic Boeing 737 Classics and we fly on the last Cyprus Airways service from London/Heathrow to Larnaca. Maintaining our historical theme, we have part 1 of the United/Continental Airlines story, and we fly Pam Am International Flight Academy’s full-motion Boeing 707 simulator, the last device of its kind in existence. The latest issue incorporates our comprehensive coverage of worldwide news, including Garuda Indonesia’s new services from London to Jakarta, the Boeing 737 MAX 200 launch and the official opening of Jet2.com’s multi-million pound training facility, plus all of our regular sections covering the latest commercial aircraft acquisitions, up-to-date accident reports and developments from the world of aviation training.
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