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Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:25 pm

Qatar Airways (Launch Customer) A350 has been fully painted!

www.twitter.com/qatarairways

It looks very nice, quite stunning. Do you like it?

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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:34 pm

Wow, just incredible.
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:34 pm

Complete with raccoon eyes. The A350 really looks like a narrow body to me at a casual glance.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:41 pm

Quoting Miami (Thread starter):
Qatar Airways (Launch Customer) A350 has been fully painted!


...sans engines.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:42 pm

Quoting tristan7977 (Reply 1):
Wow, just incredible.

Isn't it? I can wait to see it with engines!

Quoting BiggerJetsPlz (Reply 2):
Complete with raccoon eyes

You just made my day! I love that comment!

Quoting BiggerJetsPlz (Reply 2):
The A350 really looks like a narrow body to me at a casual glance.

Now that you mention it. It does actually.
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:43 pm

Quoting AABB777 (Reply 3):
...sans engines.

No worries, those have been installed after the paint job.


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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:45 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 5):
Quoting AABB777 (Reply 3):
...sans engines.

No worries, those have been installed after the paint job.

Now that's a beauty. What is the delivery date of this bird?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:51 pm

The wings look a lot like A330 wings, but the fuselage somehow reminds me more of a 767 on steroids.

A good-looking aircraft in any case.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:53 pm

Quoting AABB777 (Reply 6):
What is the delivery date of this bird?

December, 2014.

No exact date just yet.
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:55 pm

Quoting Miami (Thread starter):
It looks very nice, quite stunning. Do you like it?

Looks very nice yes I do like it.   
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:58 pm

Do we know what onboard product QR will be using? The same Business Class seats that are currently on the 787?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:58 pm

looks amazing.when will it fly and where would it possibly fly ?

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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:03 pm

Quoting AABB777 (Reply 10):
Do we know what onboard product QR will be using? The same Business Class seats that are currently on the 787?

I believe so. Same as 787. But noting has been official, as far as I know.

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 11):
when will it fly and where would it possibly fly ?

JFK. Qatar Airways First A350 Destination: JFK (by Miami Mar 5 2014 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:11 pm

Im just not a fan of the racoon eyes!!!!
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:13 pm

Nope they missed a trick with the nose and cockpit eyes. Not very aesthetically pleasing
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:19 pm

Quoting Miami (Reply 8):
December, 2014.

No exact date just yet.

Don't count on it. U-turn Al will find some flaw with the carpet or something.
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:30 pm

Love it! and I totally dig the ¨Racoon eyes¨ she is a sexy thang.

Can´t wait to see it fly, and fly on it.  

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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:36 pm

stunning machine. first airbus i've really loved. though the A332 is beautiful too!
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:42 pm

I was gazing at the latest overhead shot of the 787-9 yesterday thinking how beautiful it was for a twin, with those wings, it looks like it's flying while standing still. This one, not so much. Need better pictures of more, finished planes.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:43 pm

Those winglets, raccoon eyes, and odd nose shape make this one of the ugliest planes I've ever seen. I like the Qatar livery, though  
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:47 pm

Quoting BiggerJetsPlz (Reply 2):
The A350 really looks like a narrow body to me at a casual glance.

Are we sure this isn't really the 757 NEO?   

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 20):
one of the ugliest planes I've ever seen.

I consider it far more beautiful than the "757-200, MD-88/90, E-190, A321." To each his own?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:52 pm

Quoting Burchfiel (Reply 21):

Haha yes, to each his own.   Maybe I'm just into more classic-looking airliners.
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:53 pm

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 22):
Haha yes, to each his own

It's all in the eyes of the beholder as the saying goes. Love the racoon eyes, makes other jets look like they've taken their makeup off  

This has to be the finest looking A/C Airbus has ever rolled out. Very sleek, so used to seeing it in Airbus Colours that it's nice to see in a customer livery for a change. Can't wait to see the finished product!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:04 am

What is the name on the nose please? (Arabic)
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:16 am

It's a nice aircraft, however I can't help feeling that Airbus got a lot of inspiration from the dreamliner, but in some ways not very successfully. I don't like the wing design and the winglets. It looks like the winglets were a simple add-on to an already existing wing design whereas the Dreamliner wing looks like a whole new design to me. Hmm, from some angles the A350 looks very nice, and from others, it doesn't look good at all. I've never felt that ambivalent about a plane design before.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:20 am

Is this the first A350 we've seen with a two-tone paint treatment on the nose? I think so...it looks better that way.
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:24 am

I think it looks gorgeous - just gorgeous,  

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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:34 am

Great livery - but the plane itself... yeesh!

In some ways, very ordinary, like the fuselage shape, the tail, the engines. Very ordinary. In others, very cool - mainly the winglets. But that nose and cockpit - my god what were they thinking? Ungainly as all hell. and the raccoon eyes are only there to cover up the ugly, right? I mean, they are the 380 cockpit windows style. The nose is bizarrely angled in all sort of contortions.

I see what people mean by it "not looking like a widebody". Perhaps just the angle of the photos, but kinda cool as it adds some distinction.

I'd even argue the interior is clunkily designed, though not as bad as the A380 with its A300-style air conditioning vents.

Does the 350 have the same itsy bitsy porthole windows as the 380?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:54 am

Beautiful aircraft, thanks for sharing!

As much as I would love to see a QR 380 at KDFW and KORD, this would suffice nicely!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:24 am

This looks great! The thing that strikes me about the A350 is that it looks so....big. The tall landing gear/long wingspan/long fuselage combine to give the plane the look of being much larger than it is.

Quoting RobK (Reply 24):

What is the name on the nose please? (Arabic)

Sorry, I tried to read it but I can't tell what the third/fourth characters are. Soo_(something)_sheel I think? Maybe someone who can read Arabic better than me can help out. I'm curious now as well.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:06 am

Very nice apart from the sunglasses.

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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:37 am

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 24):
It's a nice aircraft, however I can't help feeling that Airbus got a lot of inspiration from the dreamliner, but in some ways not very successfully.

They are so different. Seriously, apart from them both having 2 engines, a tail, a wing and a fuselage...well we can then say that all big twins were copied from the A300, or the A340 off the IL-86 and so on. Anyway, this topic is about the fully painted plane. What an elegant plane (although i am not fond of the two-tone Qatar livery on this particular craft, or any other, for that matter.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:38 am

Quoting tjcab (Reply 31):
(although i am not fond of the two-tone Qatar livery on this particular craft, or any other, for that matter.

I love two-tone liveries and I was just going to comment that I think that QR's livery is one of my favorites. Simple, inoffensive, professional, but distinctive.
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:26 am

Quoting by738 (Reply 14):
Nope they missed a trick with the nose and cockpit eyes. Not very aesthetically pleasing

I don't mind the nose, and I think the black surround windshield is distinctive. But what purpose does the black surround serve?

I'm also wondering if the 350 is higher off the ground than the 787. The 787 seems to squat on its gear.

As for the 350 looking like a narrow body, the first 787 I saw also looked like a narrow body - only the massive engines under the wing gave it away for me.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:06 am

With the exception of the 757, this is the most beautiful looking commercial aircraft out there!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:15 am

Quoting JAAlbert (Reply 33):
I'm also wondering if the 350 is higher off the ground than the 787. The 787 seems to squat on its gear.

I noticed this also, Airbus always seem to favour the longer gear legs. Personally I think it looks better, but there must be a weight penalty for this.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:55 am

Quoting Noise (Reply 34):
With the exception of the 757, this is the most beautiful looking commercial aircraft out there!

Absolutely agree with you, i think the A350 is stunning.

The raccoon eyes make it very distinctive from other aircraft which is a good thing. The A350 is deceptively big.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:58 am

In the first picture it resembles the 757 nose. Otherwise ugly, will Airbus ever design a good looking airliner?! I just dont see the beauty as some seem to.

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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:10 am

I like the raccoon eyes! Slap on the big engines and she's a beauty.

Quoting sweair (Reply 37):
will Airbus ever design

And the list of people who are surprised that sweair doesn't like an Airbus product is here:
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:11 am

Waw, absolutely stunning! I love that plane and livery. What a fine aircraft to look at it!!!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:14 am

Not a fan of the A350 nose but beautiful proportions
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:16 am

Quoting hibtastic (Reply 36):
Absolutely agree with you, i think the A350 is stunning.

The raccoon eyes make it very distinctive from other aircraft which is a good thing. The A350 is deceptively big.

Completely agree, a fantastic looking plane and you're right about the size deception, it's only when you see it next to another bird that you realize how large it is. As for the comments on the nose etc, that has a pretty similar profile to a 787 but then, as has been said often, all planes follow a pretty set model, it's the little touches like the winglets, the raccoon eyes that make things distinctive. I've no doubt the raccoon look reduces cockpit glare too.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:04 am

Very nicely done, it is a good looking a/c.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:09 am

Sorry but the black around the cockpit windows is very ugly, IMO... Is Airbus trying to make them look like space shuttles or something???
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:38 am

Wow, absolutely stunning.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:04 am

I must say that I have been fond of the 350, always been a huge 330 fan, but never the 350
however, after seeing it painted as it is in the pictures I must say that I am very dissappointed.

Lookewise the dreamliner is much more pleasant and the two newest airbus planes (380 and 350) just look plain ugly, at least to me they do. but this is all a matter of opinion.

I would just, as a passenger, prefer to look at the dreamliner
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:06 am

Oh man, so happy they kept the " raccoon eyes" ...or as I like to call them, "Orbiter eyes"! Gives such an awesome look to the A350.. lots of character!!!!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:11 am

Quoting flanker (Reply 46):

I know people have different opinions on the raccoon eyes but I agree they look great here.

What a nice looking aircraft!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:02 am

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 7):
but the fuselage somehow reminds me more of a 767 on steroids.

Probably because the fuselage crown tapers down at the empennage, which Airbus widebodies so far didn't do except for the A380 (which doesn't look like a 767 in any case).

Quoting lazybones (Reply 35):
Airbus always seem to favour the longer gear legs.

Well that may always come in handy when you want to fit bigger engines later on!
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RE: Qatar Airways A350 Fully Painted

Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:05 am

Not really a fan of the raccoon eyes, but maybe they'll grow on me. Not sure what Airbus' intent is with it. Maybe they're trying to make the 6 pane window design look more modern/futuristic? The rest of the plane is beautiful, however. Perfect proportions.

Quoting aerokiwi (Reply 27):
Does the 350 have the same itsy bitsy porthole windows as the 380?

Pretty sure they're comparable in size to the 787's. I can't remember - they're either taller & narrower or shorter & wider, but I think the overall area is equivalent.

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