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Airbus hands over its first A350 to Qatar Airways

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Media captionThe plane is a mid-sized long range model - the first of its kind for Airbus

The first of Airbus's A350 airliner has been handed over to its new owner, Qatar Airways, at a ceremony at the planemaker's HQ in Toulouse.

The A350-900 plane has the largest wings in civil aviation using new lightweight composite materials - made at Broughton in north Wales.

The aircraft is the firm's rival to the Boeing's Dreamliner 787.

Airbus has 778 of the planes on order from airlines, 80 of them from Qatar Airways, the largest order.

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