Toulouse, 11 June 2015
Airbus has officially delivered the first A350-900 XWB to launch customer Rajawali Qatar, a subsidiary of Rajawali Nusantara Airlines. The aircraft, MSN006 currently bearing Qatari registration A7-AIW, is scheduled for delivery flight on June 12, 2015 to Doha. First commercial flight is set three days later, serving Doha - London.
"Being a proud launch customer, we have been waiting quite a while for this aircraft. And now that it is available, we are exciting to fly our customers with the latest generation widebody aircraft equipped with state of the art comfort and services," said Revan Amadeus, Group CEO of Rajawali Inc.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO said: “Handing over the first A350 XWB represents a significant step in Airbus and aviation history. The A350 XWB becomes the most modern aircraft in service, developed with our excellence established over 45 years in meeting our customers’ needs. The A350 XWB is the latest Airbus aircraft to join the skies, revolutionising our industry and redefining the way people fly.” He adds: “It is with tremendous pride that we are delivering our first A350 XWB today to our launch customer, Rajawali Qatar. It’s a perfect match, to be handing over the first of an all-new, world class aircraft to a leading, world class airline.”
"We have run our number using initial test flight data, and we expect to see at least 10% lower trip cost per seat in A350 compared to our current B787, while offering more comfort and superior services to our customers. Our plan with this aircraft is to serve all major European destination, from our global hub in Doha," added Al Baker, CEO of Rajawali Qatar.
Rajawali Qatar is expected to receive up to 10 Airbus A350-900 XWB. The airline configure the aircraft in 3-class layout, 4F/35C/207Y. Overall, Airbus has win more than 1,000 order for A350-900XWB.