The first airline ever to operate an Airbus A350 to the Maldives

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Qatar Airways has upgraded its current double-daily A330 service to an A350, becoming the first airline ever to fly the state-of-the-art aircraft to the Maldives. The first A350 began operations in October, with the second A350 service joining shortly afterwards in the beginning of November.

Qatar Airways first launched service to the Maldives in December 2001. The airline operated the service using an A330 aircraft, which features 30 seats in business class and 275 in economy class.

Qatar Airways was the global launch customer of the Airbus A350 in January 2015. The award-winning airline has the largest fleet of this aircraft type of any airline in the world and currently operates 19 A350 aircraft across its global network to destinations, including Adelaide, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo. It was the first airline to fly the A350 to the United States and to Australia.

The Airbus A350 aircraft features a total of 283 seats, with 36 business class seats and 247 in economy class. Thanks to the extra-wide cabin design, passengers on board are offered unparalleled comfort in both cabins, with business class fully flat beds and spacious seats in economy.

With high-definition touch screens and dual-screen function that allows for simultaneous viewing, passengers can enjoy countless entertainment options through the airline’s award winning Oryx One entertainment system, as well as connect to the internet using the OnAir Wi-Fi service.

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