KATHMANDU: Qatar Airways has become the first airline to fly the Airbus A350 to the United States. The ferry flight left Hamad International Airport this morning at 0740 local time and will land in at JFK International at approximately 1400 local time, as per a press statement issued on Tuesday. Qatar Airways was the global launch carrier of the A350 and is the first to fly the aircraft to three continents; the airline’s fleet of seven A350s currently flies twice a day to Frankfurt, daily to Munich and three times a day to Singapore from Doha. An eighth A350 will join the fleet before the end of the year and is scheduled to fly daily to Philadelphia from January 1. As further A350s join the fleet throughout 2016, passengers will have the opportunity to experience this new-generation aircraft on flights to Boston launching on March 16, and the new second daily flight to New York from April 1 and Adelaide, Australia from May 2.
A version of this article appears in print on December 09, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.