This story was written by Chris Sloan and originally published on AirwaysNews.Â
At 9:28Â PM LT on Tuesday, December 23, Qatarâ€™s first A350 XWB landed in Dohaâ€“under the cover of darknessâ€“with approximatelyÂ 70Â Qatar employees, VIPâ€™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 delivery flight to Doha would beÂ operated as a normal commercial scheduled flight, but just with fewer people then typical. Business Class was full while approximately ten passengersâ€“who were all employees of Qatarâ€“would have the two economy cabins to themselves.
As much asÂ I was anticipatingÂ experiencing the Airbus A350 XWB in a true commercial flight, I was equally as curious in putting Qatarâ€™s renowned SkyTrax 5-star rated Business Class, marketed and self-proclaimed as â€œWorldâ€™s Best Business Class,â€ 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 â€œeXtra Wide Bodyâ€ experience in the same league as its 787 competitor from Everett?