Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its 250th aircraft.

The Airbus A350-900 joins the fleet just 22 years after the inception of the Middle East carrier.

The airline became the global launch customer of the A350-900 in 2014, becoming the first in the world to operate every family of aircraft in the Airbus portfolio.

New destinations to be added to the carrier’s network this year include Lisbon, Malta, Rabat, Izmir, Langkawi, Davao in the Philippines and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “I am extremely proud that we have reached this historic landmark of having a fleet that now numbers 250 aircraft.

“The delivery of our newest Airbus A350-900 is a mark of the outstanding growth we have seen over the last two decades, and to our commitment to flying only the newest and most technologically advanced aircraft in the world.”

He added: “Qatar Airways is moving forward with the rapid expansion of our global route network, an enhanced on board product offering in all cabin classes and, most importantly, taking delivery of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft because we want our customers to have an unforgettable experience when they fly with us.

“This is an important moment in our growth, and I look forward to seeing our fleet grow even more in the coming years.”