Monday, December 22, 2014

On-Board Qatar’s A350 XWB Media Flight

By Chris Sloan in Toulouse and Jack Harty in Houston / Published December 22, 2014

TOULOUSE, FRANCE - This afternoon, Airbus and Qatar Airways took more than a hundred members of the media on-board Qatar’s first A350 XWB for a quick demonstration, after the first delivery earlier today.

Getting ready to depart on a demonstration flight. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

Getting ready to depart on a demonstration flight. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

EXTRA: Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of World’s First Airbus A350 XWB

At 1:30 PM members of the media as well as Qatar and Airbus executives all started boarding the A350 for a quick demonstration flight. As expected, it took a while to board as everybody wanted to explore the aircraft.

Qatar’s CEO, Al Baker, boarded the aircraft through the rear and did a walk through of the aircraft.

When stepping on-board for the first time, Chris Sloan writes that he “noticed that the A350 XWB boasts overwhelming high ceilings and that the windows are noticeably larger. Plus, Qatar’s A350 have a beautiful wood floor, and the 18” wide inch seats are noticeably much roomier, even with a seat pitch of 32” inches.”

Inside Qatar's first A350. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews A bar area on-board Qatar's first A350 aircraft. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Economy class on-board Qatar's first A350 XWB. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Economy class on-board Qatar's first A350 XWB. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Economy class on-board Qatar's first A350 XWB. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Getting ready to depart and fly a quick flight over France. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

At 2:03 PM, the aircraft pushed back from the delivery center, and taxied to runway 14R, and shortly after, it began a 26 second take off roll which was very quiet with the Trent XWB engines.  It felt very quick as the aircraft was very light. The aircraft hit V1 at 140 knots at a GTOW of 198,000 kilograms being lightly provisioned with little fuel and no cargo.

As the aircraft approached 22,000 feet, flight attendants began going through the cabin serving champagne and appetizers as they navigated around the media and executives as they explored the aircraft; nobody wanted to sit down during the flight because it was one giant airborne party.

Flight attendants serving Champagne and appetizers on-board a special demonstration flight. Photo by Chris Sloan/ AirwaysNews Qatar's A350 Business Class. Photo by Chris Sloan/ AirwaysNews Qatar's A350 Business Class. Photo by Chris Sloan/ AirwaysNews Watching the tail cam while re-route on the media demonstration flight. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Flight attendants serving Champagne and appetizers on-board a special demonstration flight. Photo by Chris Sloan/ AirwaysNews Watching the tail cam while re-route on the media demonstration flight. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews The view from the window while re-route on the media demonstration flight. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Watching the tail cam while re-route on the media demonstration flight. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

Qatar’s A350 XWB is in a two-class configuration with 36 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring 80” fully flat beds and 17” HD in-flight entertainment screens. Economy Class has 247 seats, each 18-inches wide in a 3-3-3 configuration, with up to a 32-inch pitch. Each individual seat will feature a 10.6” in-flight entertainment screen.

When looking out the window, there was a nice view of the Mediterranean coast as well as the Pyrenees mountain prior to descent.

At 3:08 PM, the A350 XWB landed back in Toulouse, and the pilots executed a grease job of a landing, and seven minutes later, the aircraft blocked in at the delivery center again. Tuesday, we will be on the delivery flight to Doha. Stay with us for continuing coverage.

After the flight, AirwaysNews was able to take a quick peek inside the state-of-the-art cockpit.

Inside the Qatar A350 cockpit. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Airport map inside the Qatar A350 cockpit. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews Inside the Qatar A350 cockpit. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

The tail camera was active throughout all phases of the flight.

BONUS: Enjoy a few photos of the media demonstration flight from Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/JDL Multimedia:

Yes, even the media must go through security before traveling on the Qatar A350 demonstration flight. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia Time to board the A350! Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia Members of the media try out the new Airbus A350 program. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia Members of the media try out the new Airbus A350 program. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia Members of the media try out the new Airbus A350 program. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / JDL Multimedia

EXTRA: The Airbus A350 Program Timeline

EXTRA: The Airbus A350 XWB: Being There At The Maiden Flight

EXTRA: Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of World’s First Airbus A350 XWB

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Airbus provided accommodations and flights to Toulouse. Our opinions remain our own.

Chris Sloan contributed to this story from Toulouse, and Jack Harty contributed to this story from Houston.

You can contact the editor at jack.harty@airwaysnews.com.

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