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Airbus to tour Asia and Gulf with A350-1000

Airbus has commenced a demonstration tour with its newly-certified A350-1000 which will cover destinations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

The airframer is still preparing for delivery of the first -1000, destined for Qatar Airways, which it says will take place "in the coming weeks".

Airbus is using MSN65 for the tour, the cabin-equipped test aircraft which is configured with 40 business-class, 36 premium-economy and 219 economy-class seats.

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Its route will include two Middle Eastern cities – Qatar's capital Doha and Muscat in Oman – and 10 Asia-Pacific destinations.

The Asian tour will cover Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Hanoi, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Manila.

Singapore's visit will coincide with the city's air show. The A350-1000 will be displayed on the static park from 6-8 February.

Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo are the bases of -1000 customers Cathay Pacific, Asiana and Japan Airlines.

Airbus has secured total orders for 169 of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered twinjet.

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