Qatar Airways Makes History As The First Airline Ever To Operate Airbus A350 To Maldives
The service was commenced on 31 October 2017 to Velana International Airport, welcomed by officials of Maldives Airport Company Limited. The first A350 was piloted to Velana International Airport by the Maldivian captain Tolhath Anwar. In a move that makes history, Qatar Airways is the first airline ever to fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to the Maldives, Velana International Airport. The airline has upgraded its current double-daily A330 service to an A350, with the first A350 beginning operations today and the second A350 service joining shortly afterwards on 3 November 2017.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said, “ We are proud to be the first airline to fly our our Airbus A350 to the Maldives. As one of the airline’s most in demand destinations, we are delighted to be upgrading our aircraft and providing our passengers with the ultimate comfort and services on board one of the most technologically innovative aircraft in the sky.”
Maldives is renowned worldwide for its pristine white-sandy beaches, idyllic diving spots and preserved natural wonders, the destination is truly one of the world’s most exotic and tranquil leisure spots. The picture-perfect islands are located in the Indian Ocean and are just five hours from Doha.
The Airline first launched services to the Maldives in December 2001, operated using an A330 aircraft which features 30 Seats in Business Class and 275 in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways was the global launch customer of of the Airbus A350 in January 2015. The award-winning airline has the largest fleet of this aircraft type of any airline in the world and currently operates a fleet of 19 Aircrafts of A350 across its global network including Adelaide, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo. It was the first airline to fly A350 to the United States and to Australia.
The new A350 aircraft features a total of 283 Seats, with 36 Business Class seats and 247 in Economy Class. The extra-wide cabin design, passengers on board are offered unparalleled comfort in both cabins, with Business Class fully flat beds and spacious seats in Economy.
With High-definition touch screens and dual-screen functions that allows for simultaneous viewing, passengers can enjoy countless entertainment options through the airline’s award winning Oryx One entertainment system, as well as connect to the internet using OnAir Wi-Fi Service. The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in Its twentieth year of operations and has a modern fleet of more than 200 aircrafts flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.