Qatar airways retires its Airbus A340-600s in order to be the youngest fleet operator in the world, with an average age of it current fleet is only 6 years.
The airline orders four A340-600s at the 2004 Paris Air Show with options of adding six more jets, and took delivery of its first A340-600 on 20 September 2006.
According to simply flying when it took delivery of its first A340, Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al said, “This is a wonderful aircraft that excels in comfort and efficiency and I am sure our customers will have a thoroughly enjoyable flying experience on our long-haul routes.” But in 2019, his attitude towards the A340-600s changed in comparison to the Boeing 777 stating, “if I could, I would throw them away. These planes are not efficient at all”.
The last commercial flights with A340 was on March 31st, 2019 from their Hub in Doha to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The route to Colombo will be replaced by the Airbus A330 and to Kuala Lumpur with the Boeing 77-300ER.
A final farewell flight QR835 from Doha to Bangkok will be flown on 1 May 2019.