A380 ARRIVES IN DOHA
It was a big day for Qatar Airways, which received the world's largest aircraft, A380-800, from Germany; the big bird landing at the Hamad International Airport on a Thursday evening. “A380800 will be the flagship of Qatar Airways and will be deployed on the destinations frequented by Qatari nationals like London and Paris,” the airlines' Group CEO Akbar Al Baker told reporters. “Each aircraft is estimated to cost $380 million (QR1.38 billion) and we will demand that the company offer us discounts when we take more such aircrafts," he said adding that three more A380s are expected to be delivered by Airbus by the end of this year and the much-awaited A350 will also join the growing fleet of the airlines around same time. Qatar Airways has placed orders for ten A380s (eight in 2004 and two in 2010), becaming the 12th operator of the type in the world. From October 10, the aircraft (QR 001) will commence operations on the London Heathrow route and to Paris later, he added.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: FC Barcelona players Luiz Suarez (L) and Carlos Puyol with Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker in Doha during the inauguration of the first Business Class Airbus A380; the lounge inside the A380; the first A380 touches down at Hamad International Airport