First look: Qatar Airways A380-800

12 Jun 2013 by GrahamSmith

This is the first image of Qatar Airways' A380-800, albeit in partial livery, at the Airbus assembly line in Toulouse.

The traditional Oryx logo, which appears on the Gulf carrier's fleet of 124 aircraft, can be seen gracing the 24-metre high tailfin of the double-decker A380.

Qatar Airways' first A380 is scheduled to enter service early next year. The airline has 13 of the superjumbos on order.

Qatar A380

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar's CEO, summed up the emotions of seeing the new aircraft in the company’s livery.

He said: "The Oryx is a symbol of grace and symbolises Qatar's traditions and to see it decorating the tailfin of one of the world's most advanced aircraft should be a source of pride for our people and our country.

"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.

"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."

Earlier this week, the airline suspended its Seychelles route from September for "commercial reasons" (see online news, June 11).

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