First serial A350 for Qatar enters final assembly

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Airbus’s first serial-production A350-900, destined for launch customer Qatar Airways, has been delivered to the final assembly line.

The aircraft, MSN6, is the first customer A350 airframe.

During the airframer's annual orders briefing in Toulouse, Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier confirmed the initial sections' arrival at the final assembly line.

Qatar Airways has 43 A350-900s on order and is scheduled to take delivery of the first aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Doha-based Qatar Airways also has 37 orders for the larger A350-1000. The A350 is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.