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The Qatar A380 (from my collection.)

A model of the Qatar Airways  A380 (from my collection.)

The first of 13 Airbus A380s Qatar Airways ordered will join its fleet on June 17, the state-owned carrier announced today.

It will operate on the Doha-London (DOH-LHR) route.

“These aircraft, with their customized cabins, will set a new level of comfort for our passengers, who will also benefit from a smooth and pleasant passenger experience at the world’s newest airport, Hamad International Airport, the soon to be opened new home of Qatar Airways,” said CEO Akbar Al Baker.

The A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

Emirates, based in neighbouring Dubai, is the largest operator of A380s with 47 aircraft in service and another 93 on order. It flies to more than 20 cities, including Toronto.

With a fleet of 131 various aircraft, Qatar Airways flies to 137 destinations.