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Qatar Airways ‘confident’ A350 delivery on schedule

Qatar Airways, the launch customer for Airbus’ A350 plane, has said the European planemaker is expected to start delivering the aircraft by the second half of next year, Reuters has reported. “We are confident that Airbus will deliver the A350 by the second half of 2014,” the carrier’s CEO, Akbar al Baker, said on the sidelines of an event to mark the airline joining the oneworld airline alliance. The Doha-based airline has ordered 80 A350 jets from Airbus.