Just as Delta stole the show in August’s delivery report with the delivery of their first A350-900XWB aircraft, Qatar have stolen this one in quite some style.
Delivery of the Month: Qatar Airways A350-1000 – A7-ANA
On February 22nd, A7-ANA, Qatar’s first A350-1000XWB aircraft was delivered from Toulouse to Doha with LondonSpotter comfortably onboard sipping champagne in seat 6J.
The aircraft is the first -1000 variant to be handed over to an airline and is fitted with the new, revolutionary Q Suite business class model. The delivery of A7-ANA was spectacular with guests invited to a gala party the night before which included an incredible light display on the aircraft, the ferry flight and a few nights exploring Doha courtesy of Qatar Airways. You can read about the full event here.
Personally, though, when booking a flight for a specific aircraft, I use Kayak as they show you straight away what aircraft operates that flight.
Other A350s delivered went to: Ethiopian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Lufthansa, Delta, Hong Kong Airlines and Thai.
The B787 project had a solid month as Air Canada, United and Norwegian received two and Air China, American and El Al Israel received one.
The 787 delivery of note went to Air Europa as they took delivery of their first 787-9 variant. The delivery comes alongside news that Air Europa will be opening up a London Gatwick – Sao Paulo route on the B787-8 aircraft. As of October 2018, the -9 model will operate to Tel Aviv. Bookings can be made here.
Both the A380 and A330 had quiet months in February. The A380 project is still to deliver a superjumbo since Qatar Airways received one on December 18th 2017 and the A330 project since January 29th to China Eastern.
Boeing churned out only one 777 this month to Korean Airlines.
At Airbus, Pratt and Whitney issues continued to slow delivery of the A320 NEOs. Whilst in Toulouse you could see several completed jets sitting on the ground ready for delivery without engines. With that said, Airbus delivered more than the previous month with three going to Air Asia and one going to SAS, Air China, Air India, AZUL and Pegasus.
Boeing had a solid month with the MAX as Air Canada received two, American, AeroMexico, TUI and Aerolineas each received one and Icelandair took delivery of their first MAX!
TF-ICE was ferried from Renton on February 28th after taking its first flight on February 7th.
That’s all from me this month. I’ll be back next month with more delivery updates for you all.
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