Qatar Airways' first Airbus A380 has made its maiden flight ahead of an early 2014 debut on commercial flights to London and Paris.
The superjumbo took wing from the Airbus assembly line in Toulouse in a just-dressed state, with only Qatar's Oryx logo on the tail to identify the carrier and with only a handful of seats installed.
That will change when the A380 reaches Hamburg, where a full paintjob will be applied and the cabin fitted out.
This will include a small first class cabin of eight suites using an all-new design aimed at out-gunning (but hopefully not out-blinging) the private pointy-end private suites of Gulf competitors Emirates and Etihad.
The business class cabin will feature 52 seats identical to those already seen on Qatar's Boeing 787 fleet.
Both first and business class will be located on the top deck, along with a small economy cabin and a lounge to separate travellers in the cheap seats from the premium passengers.
The A380's lower deck will be economy from tip to tail.
Qatar Airways has 10 A380's on order and joins British Airways and China Southern as the only three airlines with both the Dreamliner and the superjumbo in their fleet.
The airline is also set to officially join the oneworld airline alliance on October 30 this year.
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