Airbus has rolled out the first fully painted A350-900 for Qatar Airways, the launch customer for the twinjet.

The aircraft, seen at Toulouse without its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, is due be delivered and enter service by the end of this year.

The airline has ordered 80 of the type.

The A350 MSN005 development aircraft recently concluded a route proving tour, touching down in 14 cities, demonstrating its readiness for airline operations.

Meanwhile, the airline has introduced the Boeing 787-8 on the Doha-Vienna route, replacing a smaller A320 and almost doubling weekly capacity on the route. The carrier said it is the first airline to operate the 787 to the Austrian capital.

Qatar operates its 787s in a two-class, 254-seat layout, with 22 business- and 232 economy-class seats.