Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 has reached the stage of contractual definition freeze.

The airframer confirms that the Middle Eastern operator’s initial -1000 achieved the target on 4 May.

Qatar Airways has 37 of the type on order. The -1000 is the larger variant of the A350, with a maximum take-off weight of 308t and typical accommodation for 366 passengers.

The carrier has also ordered 43 A350-900s and will received the fourth, MSN10, shortly.

Assembly started last month on the initial fixed trailing edge for the -1000.

Airbus states that the trailing edge will be delivered to its UK wing plant at Broughton, for final assembly, “after the summer break”.

Final assembly of the -1000 is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2016.

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