Qatar Airways brings Airbus A350 to Greece for the first time

Qatar Airways' ultra-modern A350 receives a traditional water canon salute at Athens International AAward-winning airline to launch direct service to Thessaloniki in March as part of its continued expansion plans. Qatar Airways is the first airline to ever fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to Greece. The airline temporarily upgraded its current triple-daily service to Athens to an ultra-modern A350 on Monday (January 15), with the arrival of the flight greeted by a water canon salute at Athens International Airport.

“Athens is a key destination on our European network and we are delighted to be able to provide our passengers travelling to Greece today with the ultimate comfort and services on board one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the sky,” Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said.

“We will have more good news for the Greek market later this year with the upcoming launch of direct services to Thessaloniki, offering our passengers even more opportunity to explore this majestic country,” he noted.

Qatar Airways was the global launch customer of the Airbus A350 in January 2015. The award-winning airline has the largest fleet of this aircraft type of any airline in the world with 22 operating across its global network to destinations, including Adelaide, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo.

Qatar Airways was also the first airline to fly the A350 to the US and Australia. The airline will shortly be the launch customer for the state-of-the-art A350-1000. The Airbus A350 aircraft features a total of 283 seats with 36 Business Class seats and 247 in Economy Class. Thanks to the extra-wide cabin design, passengers on board are offered unparalleled comfort in both cabins, with Business Class fully flat beds and spacious seats in Economy Class.

With high-definition touch screens and dual-screen function that allows for simultaneous viewing, passengers can enjoy countless entertainment options through the airline’s award winning Oryx One entertainment system, as well as connect to the internet through Wi-Fi service.

The airline will launch non-stop flights to Thessaloniki in March, its second destination in Greece. The four-times weekly new service between Doha and Thessaloniki will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.

Sources and photo-credits: Gulf Times