Qatar's first Airbus A350 at Toulouse, ready to fly to Doha - Photo: Chris Sloan | AirwaysNews

Qatar’s first Airbus A350 at Toulouse, ready to fly to Doha – Photo: Chris Sloan | AirwaysNews

This story was written by Chris Sloan and originally published on AirwaysNews

At 9:28 PM LT on Tuesday, December 23, Qatar’s first A350 XWB landed in Doha–under the cover of darkness–with approximately 70 Qatar employees, VIP’s and media on-board the delivery flight from Toulouse, France.

On Monday, Airbus handed over the first A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways, and shortly after taking delivery of the aircraft, several executives and more than a hundred members of the media flew on a short demonstration flight over the Mediterranean.

The Qatar A350 Bar. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia

The Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350 bar – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDL Multimedia

The delivery flight to Doha would be operated as a normal commercial scheduled flight, but just with fewer people then typical. Business Class was full while approximately ten passengers–who were all employees of Qatar–would have the two economy cabins to themselves.

A Business Class Seat on the A350. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia.

A Business Class seat on the Airbus A350 – Photo:  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDL Multimedia

As much as I was anticipating experiencing the Airbus A350 XWB in a true commercial flight, I was equally as curious in putting Qatar’s renowned SkyTrax 5-star rated Business Class, marketed and self-proclaimed as “World’s Best Business Class,” to the test. Burning questions include: Would it live up to all the hype and marketing expectations? Is it truly a First Class product at a Business Class price? Is the Airbus A350XWB cabin truly an “eXtra Wide Body” experience in the same league as its 787 competitor from Everett?

Continue reading Flight Review: Taking Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350 Delivery Flight to Doha on AirwaysNews.com

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This is a fun, even exciting article, by a fellow who usually does far better work. As noted over on the other site, it looks like this passed a quick spell-check and without further editing. That is NOT the mark of a professional! Sorry folks, but if the AvGeek community of writers wish to achieve better access and far more items of interest to write about, someone, somewhere need to help you edit (copy edit and basic grammar correction editing, both here and on the sites that you borrow from.
Your readers understand that the blog/site has not made you wealthy, but please… Spending only 10% of the small net on simple editing will make this and similar sites look far more professional. Media? Journalists? There is a difference. I’ve seen this site to claim both, but only when called on it. How many times have I asked? Please clean up the writing – yup, even more – and LEARN to write like professionals. Some do so and all can learn. Some check their work before sending, and some do not. Good management can change that. Why not here? This site has wonderful potential, but is limited by its writing. An airline PR staffer attempting to pick 10 from 200 writers to promote a new product, join a junket or otherwise be invited to something, darn sure will not select the candidates that cannot write clearly. Boeing has been more than tolerant, but I hear that they are tightening their belts a bit. Who is the first to NOT be invited? You can fill in the rest yourself.
The finer details of all airline-related firms are available. If this site wants to report something special, the least you can do is to write it well enough to satisfy your host. In many cases, the PR folks at foreign carriers do a better job, even as a second language.) A third-year college student will likely edit most articles for $5-$10 the pop. Why not? It might help prevent the site from looking like a collection of – something – that you are not. It is all in the writing and the presentation. Best wishes and wishes for professional presentation on 2015. -C

Thank you! My thoughts exactly!

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