Qatar Airways and the Airbus A350 in Philadelphia


Written on January 8, 2016.


On January 1, 2016, Qatar Airways inaugurated, for the first time ever, service to Philadelphia International Airport, using the new Airbus A350-900 XWB. Philadelphia has the distinction of being the first city in North America to feature revenue Airbus A350 service (keep in mind that the airline flew a special flight to New York City a few weeks prior but this was not a revenue flight). Qatar Airways chose the A350-900 XWB to serve Philadelphia, a city that has seen daily service from the airline since April 2, 2014, having flown the route using Boeing 777-200LR aircraft and upgrading to the Boeing 777-300ER for several months before going back to the 777-200LR and then the A350-900. The aircraft operates flight 727 and 728, which is scheduled to arrive around 7:30 AM each morning and scheduled to depart around 10:15 AM.

The Airbus A350 is Airbus' answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, an all-new design from Boeing aimed to replace 767s and A330s, among other aircrfat, and offer 20% better fuel efficiency than current airliners. The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer, which is lighter than aluminum, features fewer parts and rivets, and overall a strong airframe. Its variants seat between 280 to 366 passengers in typical three-class seating layouts. Qatar Airways' A350s are powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB high-bypass turbofan engines, generating up to 84,000 pounds of thrust out of each engine.

Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. Headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, the airline operates flights across over 140 international destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania from its base at Hamad International Airport in Doha, using a fleet of more than 150 aircraft.

Enjoy the slideshow below as Zinger Aviation Media was able to bring to you photos of the third day of A350 operations to Philadelphia. Zinger Aviation Media was at Philadelphia International Airport for the first three days of A350 service - day one and two feature video while the third day was covered with photos. All photos taken on January 3, 2016.

Click here for a feature article from regarding the new A350 service.