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Qatar Launches Chennai, Bali  
User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1802 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

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Doha, QATAR - The latest moves in Qatar Airways' huge expansion across Asia and the Indian sub-continent took off yesterday with flights from its base in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to Chennai (formerly known as Madras) and the tropical island of Bali.

Chennai is served by a daily A321
Bali is served by 4 weekly A300-600R via KUL

Total Destinations: 74

Apparently QR Cargo also launched Sharjah services, but I am not sure if its scheduled or chartered though.


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User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4496 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

As for the DOH KUL DPS service, QR has fifth freedom rights on only 3 of the 4 KUL DPS KUL rotations. I would have expected EK to be first to start DPS services, but the current UAE-Indonesia bilateral precludes EK from adding additional services, and an imminent upgrade will only serve to increase EK's CGK frequencies to double daily.

User currently offlineKevin777 From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
Chennai is served by a daily A321

Congrats to QR. Interesting to see how they seem to pursue a strategy of relatively small capacity for these types of routes. Also, they just announced ARN with a 319-100 LR. Interesting as opposed to EK, who always set in a lot of capacity on a new route. Seems like QR are going more for (higher) yields and - possibly - more profitability, rather than just sheer volume - not unwise IMO. Any other thoughts on this?

As for MAA, no offence to anyone, it's certainly not a top-priority destination for a tourist! But it deserves the routes; BOM and DEL should not get everything! I think the route sounds viable; particularly given the high frequencies /low volume set-up (Hey:.! I said something nice about a new route to India..!! (you know who you are!  Smile ))

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 1):
I would have expected EK to be first to start DPS services

Funny thing about the fuzz about DPS; Eu airlines pulled out becuae it was too low yield - with EK getting massive feed from Europe, would they have a good chance?

Kevin777  Smile



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User currently onlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3212 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Quoting Kevin777 (Reply 2):
Interesting to see how they seem to pursue a strategy of relatively small capacity for these types of routes

I don't think it's as much of a strategy as a reality - they probably just don't have the wide bodies needed to go around.



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User currently offlineUAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
Chennai is served by a daily A321
Bali is served by 4 weekly A300-600R via KUL

i always keep wondering why do QR serve those high populated destinations by small aircrafts?
the serve DXB by A333, while most Chennai which has population 100 times as Dubai does i served by A321


User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1802 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 4):

i always keep wondering why do QR serve those high populated destinations by small aircrafts?
the serve DXB by A333, while most Chennai which has population 100 times as Dubai does i served by A321

Basically, its becasue of the shortage of large aircraft to be deployed and perhaps the demand to satisfy a change in aircraft. Dubai is an important market for QR and sometimes the narrowbodied aircraft are not available for the short hop so they use the large plane. Plus, if you notice the large planes (A332 and A333) are usually deployed from DXB-DOH at the 11:15 AM flight and at the 12:20 AM flight--just in time so that connecting passengers can head off to Europe or Asia.



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User currently onlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1802 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

Qatar Airways touches down in Ho Chi Minh City

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker being welcomed on his arrival at Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam • Qatar Airways landed in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday, marking the first time the Oryx livery has graced the airport of Vietnam’s commercial capital. It was a red carpet affair with specially invited VIP guests disembarking from the inaugural flight to a warm Vietnamese welcome. They were received by the deputy mayor of Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Trung Tin, officials from the airport and civil aviation authorities.


“We anticipate trade and travel in this region will continue to expand and view our role as an international airline as one of facilitation and service, both in terms of business travellers and tourists,” he said, adding that the new flights would provide excellent connections to Europe, Middle East and Africa via the airline’s operational hub of Doha.

The addition of Bali and Ho Chi Minh City sees Qatar Airways’ Far East network increase from 12 to 14 destinations. The airline already serves Hong Kong, Osaka, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Yangon, Manila and Cebu.

Qatar Airways serves Ho Chi Minh City non-stop four-times-a-week with an Airbus A300 aircraft, in a two-class configuration of up to 30 seats in Business Class and 186 seats in Economy.

Ho Chi Minh City is the commercial centre of Vietnam and the new service from Doha, Qatar Airways’ operational hub, is expected to be one of the airline’s star-performing Asian routes.



from thepeninsulaqatar.com



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User currently offlineEtihadAirways From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2006, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 6):
Qatar Airways touches down in Ho Chi Minh City

Congratulations to Qatar Airways Can't wait till they make it to IAD
Thanks for the updates Qatar340 …………….………………… ^_^


User currently offlineKevin777 From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 3):
I don't think it's as much of a strategy as a reality - they probably just don't have the wide bodies needed to go around.

Well, does not have to be - it could be a strategy of lover volume, yet higher revenue per pax - using a 320 as opposed to a widebody does, after all, mean that you can skip sales of the very cheap tickets. On the eother hand, when/if demand increases (in general or seasonal reaons) you might miss out on something. As for MAA, you don't have all the tourists you might have on DEL/BOM/GOI/KOC, so maybe no need for capacity to the low-yield anyways...

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 4):
always keep wondering why do QR serve those high populated destinations by small aircrafts?
the serve DXB by A333, while most Chennai which has population 100 times as Dubai does i served by A321

Well, the number of people in Dubai who will ever have a chance at flying in their lifetime is probably 100 times greater than the same number for Chennai, and that is what counts - let's not forget that it is still only a very small fraction of the Indian population who can afford flying, albeit increasing.

Kevin777  Smile



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User currently onlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3212 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

Quoting Kevin777 (Reply 8):
Well, does not have to be - it could be a strategy of lover volume, yet higher revenue per pax - using a 320 as opposed to a widebody does, after all, mean that you can skip sales of the very cheap tickets

Higher revenue per pax - flying a long haul flight on a A320? When in comparison one can fly a 330 or 777 from EK? How real is that? Besides, there's really no such thing as "cheap tickets" on EK.

Back to topic - there was a mention on another forum that QR is also scouting for office space in CCU and looking to start a daily service shortly. Does anyone have more information on this possible QR service on DOH-CCU sector?



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User currently offlineKevin777 From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
Higher revenue per pax - flying a long haul flight on a A320?

DOH-MAA is hardly long-haul. Higher rev per pax? Well it's basic economics, really - you fill up the planes giving ranking in the order of who pays the most - smaller ac, higher average revenue.

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
When in comparison one can fly a 330 or 777 from EK?

Not again! Come on, besidea a.netters, including myself, most travellers don't care whether they're flying a 320 or a 330, heck most can't even tell the difference anyway. if you're a J-pax, sitting 2-2 in a 320 or 2-2-2 in a 330 isn't much difference now, is it?

Quoting Nimish (Reply 9):
Besides, there's really no such thing as "cheap tickets" on EK.

Oh no... 200 pounds LHR-DXB return is a total rip-off... hmmm...  Wink

Kevin777



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User currently onlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3212 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1193 times:

Quoting Kevin777 (Reply 10):
Oh no... 200 pounds LHR-DXB return is a total rip-off... hmmm...

200 pounds LHR-DXB return is a great deal! Let me clarify - ex BLR there's no such thing as cheap tickets on EK. I've not seen their pricing for other stations, but I've not heard of any great deals on EK ex BOM or DEL either.



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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3321 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1130 times:

QR has traditionally opened new routes using the A320 where it has the range, and then increasing capacity with the A330.

Smart strategy in my opinion.

They did the same with Berlin, and a number of other points.


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