A350-1000 visits the new Muscat airport
On 26 January, MSN065, one of the three A350-1000 flight test aircraft, departed Toulouse for a three week demo tour through the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific. The tour took in 12 destinations across three continents and included spending three days at its first Airshow in Singapore. This demo tour showcased the A350-1000, the worlds most advanced wide-body aircraft, to airlines, airports and passengers. The test aircraft undertaking the 30,000 nautical mile tour, is one of three owned by Airbus, and is equipped with fully functional Business Class and Economy Class cabins.
As part of the tour, the A350-1000 was welcomed at the new Muscat International Airport which is due to open later this year. The event was held under the direction of Mohammad Ali Al Zaabi, CEO Public Authority for Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Guests could enjoy the space of the new airport terminal and also the space on board the A350 Xtra Wide Body. The aircraft also did a demo flight over Oman demonstrating the smooth and quiet A350 XWB cabin; a cabin that is designed to give passengers a better travel experience.
The A350-1000 has 169 orders from 11 customers, over 40% of which are from the Middle East region; Qatar Airways (37), Etihad Airways (22) and Iran Air (16). We very much look forward to welcoming the A350-1000 to the region and seeing the A350 XWB global network and global fan base grow even stronger.
Oman’s airports have witnessed an exponential rate of growth in passenger traffic, leading the country to propel its efforts in expanding and bolstering its aviation sector. Through investments in world-class infrastructure, global partnerships and elite training, the Sultanate is looking to harness a strong, sustainable and organic growth for its burgeoning aviation industry. The current project for a new 580,000 square metre terminal at Muscat International Airport will boost the existing passenger handling capacity to 20 million per year. This figure is planned to increase gradually to 56 million, as more terminals are built and become operational in proportion to demand.
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