Qatar Airways takes delivery of first A320 from Airbus

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first A320 from Airbus - one of six scheduled for delivery in the next few years, for use on regional routes from its Doha base. Qatar Airways already operates leased A320s, which the new aircraft will progressively complement.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  October 8, 2001

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first A320 from Airbus - one of six scheduled for delivery in the next few years, for use on regional routes from its Doha base. Qatar Airways already operates leased A320s, which the new aircraft will progressively complement.

The A320 was handed over to Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker by Airbus Chief Operating Officer Gustav Humbert, at a ceremony held in Toulouse. "Air travel is a fundamental need of trade and tourism and, despite recent events, we are confident of growing our business by providing it with modern aircraft such as the A320 that we have received today," says Akbar Al Baker. "Passengers can look forward to the quality of our service and, with a young all-Airbus fleet, they can be sure of traveling in both comfort and style."

In addition to flying A320s on Middle East services, Qatar Airways currently flies A300-600s on its flights to Europe and Asia. It is also a customer for the A330-200 - deliveries of five aircraft on order begin in 2002 - and for two A380s that it will start receiving in 2007. In addition, Qatar Airways is the first airline customer for the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ).

"Qatar Airways has demonstrated vigorous and successful growth in recent years, and it has both the will and the means to keep expanding in size and scope," says Gustav Humbert.

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