Qatar Airways new Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its global debut yesterday at the Farnborough International Air Show.

The airline is the Middle East launch customer for the new generation twinjet and will take delivery of five 787s this year.

Qatar Airways is set to be one of the first airlines to fly the Dreamliner to the UK as the 787 prepares to make its long-haul debut between Doha and Heathrow later this summer.

The first 787 will initially operate on intra-Gulf routes before making its maiden long-haul commercial flight to London.

The aircraft will feature 254 seats in a two-class configuration of 22 in business class and 232 in economy.

Fully flat 80-inch long and 30-inch wide seats will be in business class seats, while economy offers 32-inch pitch seats.

Speaking as the 787 made its flying debut at the air show, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “The first of our 60 Boeing 787s on order will set new standards in service and excellence as we continue to grow aggressively, bringing a heightened level of luxury and state-of-the-art engineering to the skies with these new-generation aircraft.”