Qatar Airways will take delivery of three Airbus A380s in June, with the superjumbo set to become a posterchild for the opening of the new Doha airport.
Photo gallery: Inside Qatar's Airbus A380
The novel triple-delivery will see the launch of A380 routes from Doh to London and Paris pushed back to early Q3. These will be followed by other "popular routes, especially in slot-constrained airports" the airline says.
“We will receive our first three A380s in June, which were supposed to be delivered in April, May and June,” Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said.
“This delay is due to the opening of Doha’s new Hamad International Airport.”
Bakar has ensured that the new Doha International Airport, which is owned by Qatar but running a year behind schedule, 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.
Qatar's Airbus A380: all-new first class
The upper deck of Qatar's superjumbo includes eight elegant and thankfully restrained first class suites.
Each seat converts to a fully lie-flat bed, of course, with a 26 inch (48cm) personal HD video screen, a companion dining seat and an exclusive first class lounge.
Photo gallery: Step inside Qatar Airways' Airbus A380
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