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​Qatar Airways A350 delivery suffers last-minute delay

Delivery of the first Airbus A350-900 to launch customer Qatar Airways has been postponed indefinitely for unspecified reasons.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft was due to be handed over to Qatar Airways this weekend in Toulouse, with a formal ceremony scheduled to take place on 15 December at Doha's Hamad International airport following the aircraft's ferry flight.

In a statement, the airline says the delivery has been postponed but does not explain the reason: "Qatar Airways announces that the Airbus A350 aircraft ceremonial transfer of title has been postponed until further notice."

It adds: "With the imminent launch of the new Airbus A350 programme, both entities are committed to introducing the A350 very soon."

Airbus does not elaborate on the situation either, saying: "We are working very closely with Qatar Airways to meet our common goal to deliver their first A350 XWB very soon."

Qatar Airways holds orders for 80 A350s, including 43 -900s and 37 -1000s.

Story updated to include Airbus comment

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