The assembly of Qatar Airways' first A380 superjumbo is set to start this month, according to plane maker Airbus.
The European manufacturer said the vertical tail section for the first A380 for the Gulf carrier has been painted with the airline's trademark oryx logo and arrived at Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse.
The painting was completed earlier this week at Airbus facilities in Hamburg and is now ready for assembly. The first A380 is slated for delivery to Qatar Airways in early 2014.
The distinctive Qatar Airways logo is comprised of a violet oryx with silver streaks and the paint was applied over a period of 10 days, Airbus said in a statement.
Qatar Airways will become the tenth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in 2014.
The airline has firm orders for ten A380s and will operate the aircraft on its most premier routes.
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