Monday, June 17, 2013

PHOTO: First look at Qatar Airways Airbus A380 in partial livery

Airbus is making good progress with the production of Qatar Airways' first A380 [Photo: Qatar Airways]Qatar Airways has issued a progress report about its first Airbus A380-800 to coincide with Paris International Airshow, which is taking place in Le Bourget this week.

The last update we received was back in April 2013, when photos of the aircraft’s vertical tail section were issued to the media (click here to view them).

As a follow-up, Qatar Airways has now unveiled a brand new image of the aircraft in partial livery, taken from the Airbus assembly line in Toulouse.

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Here’s what you can expect from Airbus at Paris Airshow 2013... including BA's A380!

It's a nice photo of the double-decker superjumbo, with the traditional Oryx logo (which appears on Qatar Airways’ current mixed fleet of 124 aircraft) clearly seen gracing the 24 metre high tail.

“The Oryx is a symbol of grace and symbolises Qatar’s traditions and to see it decorating the tail of one of the world’s most advanced aircraft should be a source of pride for our people and our country,” stated Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.

“Seeing this image for the first time gives me great pride as Qatar Airways prepares to look forward to our newest aircraft type, the world’s biggest, joining our fleet next year.”

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Qatar Airways currently has 13 Airbus A380s on order with plans to operate them on popular routes, especially in slot-constrained airports.

“The delivery of the first of our new A380s will mark a new chapter for the airline, while reinforcing our commitment to giving our customers the very best travel experience and service,” added Al Baker.

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  1. Looks like it's made of Lego but amazing :D

  2. A whale with wings, except a whale is sleek and beautiful...... This cattle car is uglier than the really ugly 319 and 320s. Lufthansa's is late into IAH constantly causing connecting passengers to miss their connections. Air-bus is awful.

  3. Looks good. Real interesting part is what Qatar Airways will do inside. Will their A380 premium product be better than their exceptional 777?

  4. Looking good I suppose the engines are the last to be fitted. What engine choice has Qatar made?


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