BERLIN, March 5 Qatar Airways said on Wednesday
it would take delivery of its first three Airbus A380
aircraft in June and inaugurate its superjumbo services with a
daily flight to London.
Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker also told a news conference
that planemaker Airbus was on schedule to deliver its
first A350 to Qatar "towards the end of this year".
Qatar Airways is the launch customer for Europe's new
mid-sized passenger jet, with 80 A350s on order.
It has also ordered 10 of the larger A380s and says it has a
total of 300 Airbus and Boeing jets on order, including
Al Baker, who has previously criticized the reliability of
the 787 Dreamliner, said the airline continued to have "issues"
with Boeing's latest airplane but described them as
normal teething troubles for a new model.