19 December 2014

Formal welcome to first Qatar A350 on 7/Jan in Doha

Qatar Airways has set a new date of 7/January for ceremonies at its home hub in Doha.

Source: Airbus

Qatar, the launch customer for the A350 widebody, was originally scheduled to receive the first aircraft at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse 13/Dec, then hold formal ceremonies at Hamad International Airport on 15/Dec.

However, the airline suddenly announced last week that the delivery and ceremonies would be delayed.

Qatar then rescheduled the handover in Toulouse to 22/Dec but the ceremonies in Doha will not take place until 7/Jan, presumably to allow for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Source: Airbus

Many VIPs and journalists typically attend new aircraft first-delivery ceremonies, but if the Doha event was rescheduled for during the holidays, there would likely have been minimal attendance.

Based on the article “Qatar sets Jan. 7 date for A350 ceremonies in Doha” published in ATW

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