Qatar Airways said it will operate both the 1st and 2nd examples of the A350 to Frankfurt, with the 3rd serving Singapore.
Subsequent destinations will include New York, secondary European cities and the Indian subcontinent, with Rio de Janeiro and Saudi Arabia possibilities, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said in Doha.
He has also flagged Japan, Russia, Perth in Australia and more U.S. cities as likely destinations.
The CEO said Qatar is happy with the current order for 80 A350s but may add more if there’s sufficient demand from customers of its leasing business.
He reiterated that he’s keen to expedite deliveries both to replace older A330 jets and meet growth needs, with positions freed up after Emirates discarded an order for 70 A350s last year.
On some European routes the A350 will take over from 787s that joined the Qatar Air fleet from late 2012, he said.
Based on the article “Qatar Air Reveals Rollout Plan for A350 Jet, With Singapore Next” published in Bloomberg.