Qatar Airways, the Middle East launch customer of the Boeing 787, will set an industry milestone at Farnborough International Air Show starting tomorrow when its first Dreamliner takes to the skies in a never-seen-before public flying display.
The aircraft is scheduled to participate in a hallmark feature of the air show calendar – the afternoon flying programme.
The seven-minute demonstration flights will showcase the sophisticated engineering and visual appeal of the aircraft, giving tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts from around the world, as well as the global aerospace industry, a first-hand glimpse of the Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner in flight.
The aerial display also marks the first ever, and much anticipated, Dreamliner flying demonstration at an international aerospace event. Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 is scheduled to take to the skies between 1600 hrs and 1630hrs (GMT) on the first three days of the air show –July 9, 10 and 11. The aircraft will also be on static display before taking to the skies.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, who will officially unveil the Dreamliner to the international media on July 9, said: “We are thrilled to showcase Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner at Farnborough this year and the debut of our Boeing 787 in Qatar Airways’ livery marks a significant milestone for our airline.”
The seat configuration makes Qatar Airways an industry leader with innovative design a hallmark of the interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1, featuring seats that convert into fully flat horizontal beds, while Economy Class has a 3–3–3 cabin layout.
Qatar Airways’ new 787s feature a total of 254 seats in a two-class configuration of 22 in Business and 232 in Economy.
Upon entering service, Qatar Airways’ first 787 will initially operate on intra-Gulf routes before making its maiden long-haul commercial flight between Doha and London Heathrow.
The Farnborough Air Show provides the ideal platform to provide a live display of the advanced technologies applied to Qatar Airways’ all-new airplane design, which increases efficiency, simplifies aircraft operations and provides great space and comfort.
The Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner represents the next step in the airline’s commitment to expand its young and technically advanced fleet.
The first-time presence of the Dreamliner at Farnborough follows on from the international debut of the airline’s 787 Business and Economy Class seats at ITB Berlin – the world’s largest travel fair – and at the Middle East travel show, Arabian Travel Market, over the past few months.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways launches services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (July 25); Mombasa, Kenya (August 15); Yangon, Myanmar (October 3); Maputo, Mozambique (October 31); and a date yet-to-be-announced to the Serbian capital Belgrade.