First A350 XWB delivery to Qatar Airways

22 December 2014

Qatar Airways and Airbus marked a significant industry milestone with handover of the first A350 XWB, which was designed to set new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Review the history-making delivery event with the full resources of this dedicated website – which includes video clips, a photo gallery, related news articles and more.

Highlights: First A350 XWB delivery to Qatar Airways

Airbus marked a significant industry milestone with delivery of the first A350 XWB jetliner, which was received 22 December 2014 by launch customer Qatar Airways. This video clip includes highlights from before, during and after the high-profile handover ceremony in Toulouse, France. To replay the uncut version of the live webcast, including the press conference and the ceremony, please visit:

It is truly a remarkable moment – where Qatar Airways, Airbus and Rolls-Royce are proud to be making history.

His Excellency Mr Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive

Airbus delivers first ever A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

Opens a new chapter in aviation history

On behalf of everyone at Airbus, I wish you my congratulations on becoming the first airline to fly the A350.

Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO

Opening a new chapter in aviation, first delivery of A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

Customer satisfaction means giving the airlines that operate Airbus aircraft exactly what they want. This was achieved on 22 December when A350 XWB MSN006 was delivered to launch customer Qatar Airways, widely recog…

Qatar Airways A350 XWB: lead up to the first delivery

This video compilation highlights key steps in the Airbus A350 XWB programme that led up to delivery of the first customer aircraft – which was received by Qatar Airways during a ceremony on 22 December 2014. These milestones include the programme’s launch, production activities for the new-generation jetliner, the first flight and test campaign, certification and more. 

Ready for service: first A350 XWB delivery follows a robust development programme

The historic delivery of Airbus’ first A350 XWB – which is to be received on 22nd of December by launch customer Qatar Airways – will mark another major milestone for this advanced widebody jetliner that …

In the making: Qatar Airways’ historic first A350 XWB jetliner

Follow the initial Airbus A350-900 aircraft for global launch customer Qatar Airways through the manufacturing process – from delivery of components to the final assembly line in Toulouse, France to its maiden flight in autumn 2014. The video also highlights the “Xtra” that makes the difference for this Airbus next-generation widebody jetliner – including its spacious and comfortable cabin, use of advanced composite materials along with the aircraft’s highly-efficient and quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Be one of the first to fly the A350 XWB. Book your seat with Qatar Airways now!

Minute Physics - “How an Airbus A350 is made”

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Minute Physics - “How an Airbus A350 is made”

Minute Physics

Discover an educational video especially created by Henry Reich to show you the “Behind-the-Scenes of an Airbus A350 being built!”
This and more on his YouTube Minute Physics channel at

The A350 XWB Magazine: A must see!

Check out the fascinating behind-the-scene work of the industry's most thorough test flight campaigns ever, in the A350 XWB Magazine.

An aircraft that makes an Xtra effect: The Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body

The A350 XWB stands out in its class, thanks to its combination of passenger comfort, technological innovation and its unique industrial process.

The Xtra Innovative technology

The Xtra flight experience

The Xtra Innovative technology

Airbus’ A350 XWB offers “Xtra” innovation

The many innovations onboard the next-generation A350 XWB aircraft are designed to increase the efficiency of the airlines operating it. These include the jetliner’s advanced aerodynamics and airframe – which is comprised of 53 per cent composite materials – along with a state-of-the-art a flight deck, the latest cabin features and more.

Spotter's tips

As the A350 XWB becomes an increasingly familiar sight at airports around the globe, here are some tips to help you identify an A350 XWB at first sight.