Qatar Airways, the largest customer of the A350 is prepared for the arrival of its first A350-900s later this year.
The airline says it will not be able to assess whether the -900 has met performance targets until it enters service in the fourth quarter, but remains confident that the program is on track.
Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker added: “I cannot say anything about the performance until the aircraft is delivered. On paper we have a lot of guarantees, but when we start flying it, we will have to see”.
After initially using the A350 on intra-Gulf services for training, Qatar will operate the A350s first long-haul services to New York and subsequently European routes.
Based on the article “Qatar in talks to order more A350s” published in Flight International