Airbus delivers first A350 jet, at long last

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 4:01 a.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

PARIS (AP) — Airbus has at last delivered its first A350 jet, handing over the wide-body plane to Qatar Airways after years of delays and a multibillion-dollar redesign.

The European planemaker hopes the A350 XWB will help it catch up in a long-haul market dominated by rival Boeing's 777 and 787. Airbus revamped the original A350 design to make it more fuel-efficient and marketable.

Hoping to turn the page on the plane's difficult beginnings, Airbus delivered the first A350 to Qatar Airways on Monday in a ceremony in Toulouse in southern France. It's the company's first new-generation passenger jet since the superjumbo A380.

Qatar is working to transform itself into a major aviation hub as the natural gas-rich Gulf nation prepares to host the soccer World Cup in 2022.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast