The new generation Airbus A350 has started to be deployed by Qatar Airways between Heathrow and Doha.
The aircraft joins the airline’s Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft currently operating the route.
The A350 is operated with 36 seats in business class and 247 seats in economy.
Qatar Airways was the global launch customer for the A350 XWB in January 2015 and currently operates 11 of the aircraft, with a further 69 on order.
The introduction of the aircraft on the Heathrow route coincides with the airline starting of a joint business agreement with British Airways.
Travellers are being offered a wider choice of flights by the carriers code sharing on Qatar Airways and BA daily flights between London and Doha.
Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “The Qatar Airways Airbus A350 is one of the most advanced aircraft in our fleet, offering passengers an unrivalled level of comfort while experiencing our award winning hospitality.
“It is only right that such an aircraft serves one of our six daily scheduled flights from Doha to London, a route further strengthened by our continued partnership with British Airways.”
Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “The A350 is part of the new generation of quieter, cleaner planes, helping us to be a better neighbour while achieving our vision of giving passengers the best airport service in the world.”
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