Thursday, March 9, 2017

Qatar Airways to lease LATAM A350 aircraft

Qatar Airways has leased the first of four Airbus A350 aircraft from Chile's LATAM Airlines.

Qatar says the aircraft were leased for terms of 6- to 12-months, in order to meet its operational plan for the year, as well as increasing customer demand.

The first of four A350 aircraft in LATAM livery and with LATAM seating configuration will begin revenue service on 2 March 2017, operating the Doha-Munich route.

The aircraft will be piloted by Qatar Airways pilots and on-board service delivered by Qatar Airways cabin crew.
LATAM A350s feature 30 Business Class seats and 309 Economy Class seats, giving Qatar Airways the  necessary capacity to meet growing demand. Qatar Airways-configured A350s offer 36 seats in Business Class and 247 seats in Economy Class.

In Dec 2016, Qatar Airways had acquired a 10 percent stake in the largest Latin american airline for a $608.4 million.

Qatar who was the launch customer for the type in 2015, currently have 15 A350 aircraft in fleet.