The first Airbus A350-1000 has rolled out of the hangar at Airbus' Toulouse factory, with the stretched jetliner set to make its maiden flight by year's end.
A larger to the A350-900 – which is now flown by Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways, among others – the ‘dash 1000’ will seat an estimated 366 passengers in a standard three-class layout (assuming business class, premium economy and economy) compared to around 325 on the smaller A350-900.
Qatar Airways will be the first airline to fly the Airbus A350-1000, with that commercial debut taking place in 2017.
Qatar's A350-1000 will feature Qatar's next generation 'super business class', which will use suite-like sliding doors for privacy and is expected to include a double bed in at least the middle pair of seats.
The Airbus A350 family burns less fuel and produces fewer emissions than most current aircraft, with over two-thirds of the A350’s chassis cast from advanced materials including carbon-fibre composites, titanium and aluminium alloys.
Another marquee customer for the A350-1000 is Virgin Atlantic, with Brit billionaire Sir Richard Branson planning to buy eight and lease four more in a move which he said will see the aircraft become Virgin's “future flagship” as its aging Boeing 747s are put out to pasture.
Also on the A350-1000 waiting list are Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, LATAM and United Airlines.
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