My Mission For This Weekend: Find the A350
I have been going through some serious travel withdrawal lately. I mean, it's been almost two entire months since I've been on a transoceanic flight. I will be going to Northern Vietnam for my Spring Break in a few weeks, but I decided that I need to take a trip somewhere this weekend to get the travel bug out of my system for the mean time. As per usual, I don't really care where I'm going as long as I am going. Sometimes I travel to really cool places to check off my bucket list and sometimes I go somewhere for a more random reason (or none at all). For example, last November I decided to fly to Paris in order to get a "selfie" with Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. I've also flown to Seoul, Korea just to experience the upper deck of the Boeing 747. This weekend: I'll be flying to Germany to see Qatar Airways' Airbus A350 in person for the very first time. About the Qatar Airways A350-900XWB: Qatar Airways is the global launch customer for the A350, the world's newest widebody jet. The aircraft feature higher ceilings & wider cabins than other long range airliners and is supposedly more comfortable in all other aspects. Other features include LED mood lighting, higher air quality & humidity, amazing fuel efficiency, USB ports & personal entertainment at every seat, and the brand new Trent XWB engines from Rolls Royce. Qatar's A350s carry 283 passengers, split between 36 in business class & 247 in economy. Currently, they only fly the type between Doha, Qatar and Frankfurt, Germany. New routes are expected to be announced soon as the airline takes delivery of more aircraft. Qatar has a total of 42 of the A350-900XWB on order as well as about 40 of the larger version, the A350-1000. You can get all the details on Qatar's WebsiteBesides the fact that I'm obsessed with my German heritage and learning my native tongue, getting the chance to see the brand-new Airbus A350-900XWB up close is almost worth the 10 hour trip in itself. Qatar Airways, the launch customer for the type, recently took delivery of the state-of-the-art jumbo jet and is currently flying it daily on its Doha to Frankfurt route. I'll be touching down in Frankfurt around 8:00 AM on Friday. The A350 comes in at 12:30 in the afternoon and returns to Doha about 3 hours later. Frankfurt's excellent observation areas should allow me to get some great views and pictures. If not, taking in all the airline action at one of the busiest international hubs in the world is a great way to kill some time while I wait for my train to Berlin. I'll also be spending a couple of days in Berlin, which I've never been to but have always wanted to visit. I'm excited to finally see the Brandenburg Gate in person and experience such a historic city. Just 4 days after starting my journey, I'll be at the Duesseldorf Airport and on a flight back to the good old U.S.A. For someone obsessed with aviation, Germany and history, I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend. Stay tuned for updates & wish me luck!