Qatar Airways is preparing to take delivery of the first Airbus A350-900 from 8-10 December, says chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

The statement by Al Baker, on the sidelines of a Gulfstream event on 14 October, narrows the timeline significantly from previous statements, which ranged from end of the year to the month of December.

The Oneworld alliance carrier is the launch customer for the A350-900, with 43 on order alongside a contract for 37 A350-1000s.

Although the airline had previously indicated that initial long-haul flights with the A350-900 would serve the Doha-New York route, Qatar Airways says it cannot confirm the destination for the first aircraft that enters service.

Source: Cirium Dashboard