Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, announced that the carrier’s Airbus A380 will feature a first class cabin, unlike the rest of its fleet where the top tier cabin is being phased out.
Al Baker said that the superjumbo “will be the only model in our fleet which will have a first class cabin.” He announced there would be only eight first class seats amongst the 517 seats in total on the aircraft.
Currently, a majority of Qatar’s fleet, including the A330s and the Boeing B777s, does not feature the first class cabin. A small percentage of its aircraft, such as the A340-600s being used on select long-haul routes, feature the cabin.
However, it makes logical sense for the carrier to include the cabin on the double-decker aircraft in order to compete directly with competitors Emirates and Singapore Airlines, which both feature luxurious first class cabins on their A380s, on lucrative routes such as London and Paris.
The carrier has five A380s on order with the first scheduled for delivery in 2013.
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