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Qatar Airways operates the Airbus A350-1000 to Velana International Airport

The A350 XWB is a family of long-range wide-body jet airliners introduced in 2015 by Airbus. There is 407 A350 aircraft build with Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines as primary users.

Qatar Airways today operated the A350-1000 for the first time to Velana International Airport.

Photo: mathindhaaboatu

There are three main variants of the A350. The -800, -900, and the -1000. Airbus later canceled the -800 variant.


The A350-900 is the first variant of the A350 designed to compete with the Boeing 777 and the Boeing 787. The -900 typically seats 325 passengers and has a range of 8,100 nm with a maximum takeoff weight of 280 tonnes.


The A350-1000 is the largest variant. The -1000 can seat 350-410 passengers in a typical three-class layout. The -1000 was designed to replace the A340-600 and compete with the Boeing 777-300ER and the Boeing 777-9.


The A350-1000 has an 11-frame stretch over the −900 and a slightly larger wing than the −800, 900 models with trailing-edge extension increasing its area by 4%. Additional engineering upgrades were necessary so that the −1000 model maintains range.


Qatar Airways was also the launch customer of the Airbus A350-1000. The airline operates the Boeing 777, the A350, and the A320 on flights to Velana International Airport.

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