Qatar Airways will fly its first Airbus A380s to London and Paris when the Gulf carrier takes delivery of its first superjumbos early next year.
The inaugural services from Doha will be followed by other "popular routes, especially in slot-constrained airports" the airline says.
Qatar has 13 A380s on order, and will use the superjumbos to bolster its growing fleet of Boeing 787s; Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is also eyeing off the long-range Boeing 777X, saying "We are talking with Boeing about this airplane and will soon make a decision."
The upper deck of Qatar's A380 will include eight ultra-luxe first class suites and 52 business class seats, with a lounge area separating the premium cabins from a smaller economy section at the rear.
The lower deck will be allocated entirely to economy class, with total count of 517 passengers across all three classes.
Bakar has ensured that the new Doha International Airport, which is owned by Qatar and slated to open at the end of this year, will include a series of A380 gates so that passengers can board the aircraft from both its upper and lower decks.
This is part of Bakar's goal to maximise each aircraft's flying time and achieve a minimum connecting time of just 30 minutes between flights.
Built on 2200 hectares of mostly reclaimed land, the $15 billion airport will include a dedicated terminal for the sole use of first class and business class passengers.
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