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Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?  
User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 7634 times:

Has QR announced a start date for Australian service? Have they announced equipment?

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User currently offlineQF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 697 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 7623 times:

Quoting Alangirvan (Thread starter):
Has QR announced a start date for Australian service? Have they announced equipment?

Alangirvan

QR will make a formal announcement within the next 2 weeks.

Services are expected to operate via Asia.

Rgds


User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 7566 times:

My guess:

A333 DOH-BKK-MEL
or
A346 DOH-HKG-MEL



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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3335 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 7527 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 2):
My guess:

A333 DOH-BKK-MEL
or
A346 DOH-HKG-MEL

Hmmm, I think BKK could be the go, as it maintains schedules and connections.

via HKG would be tricky.

To operate daily via BKK, QR would only need to allocate one additional A330.

via HKG?? how would it look?

Daily
Qatar Airways (QR816)
Dep : 01:10 - Doha (DOH)
Arr : 14:25 - Hong Kong (HKG)
Equipment : Airbus Industrie A340-600

HKG 1600
MEL 0300 +1 << NOT IDEAL!


MEL 1700
HKG 0025+1

Qatar Airways (QR813)
Dep : 01:50 - Hong Kong (HKG)
Arr : 05:20 - Doha (DOH)
Equipment : Airbus Industrie A340-600


I think KUL and SIN may also be options.


User currently offlineDaHawk From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2007, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 7519 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 2):
My guess:

A333 DOH-BKK-MEL
or
A346 DOH-HKG-MEL

Will the A346 be able to operate DOH-MEL? or does it require a tech stop BKK/HKG? I hear QR service is outstanding. I would choose QR to Europe but with 2 stops...not sure... Would go for EK's direct to DXB then a hop onto Europe. Save time  Wink


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12564 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 7494 times:

Hi Alan!

I'd be surprised to see the airline operating via Asia; I had always understood that the intention was to operate nonstop.

I guess we'll see when they announce their schedule.


User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7378 times:

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 5):
I'd be surprised to see the airline operating via Asia; I had always understood that the intention was to operate nonstop.

Well, QR does not have enough aircraft to operate nonstop to Australia. Two are earmarked for Washington and the other two are earmarked for other routes. Probably, if QR is to start nonstop flights to Australia, the two A346 earmarked for HKG and LHR will be downgraded and transfered to the Australia route. However, QR has previously shown interested in an Asian stopover to MEL, therefore that is most likely.



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User currently offlineToptravel From Italy, joined Oct 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7363 times:

From what I understand, they were to start non stops from DOH/MEL in July, I keep looking on their site but no news yet from them. I think they were to start 4 x week then go to daily at the end of the year. Hope they do, I would like to try them on my regular FCO/Australia flying

User currently offlineEK156 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2005, 765 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7331 times:

They reeaaaaaaaaaallllyyyy need to get their DOH terminal into shape and retrain alllll their ground staff cause that place is a nightmare and their ground staff are terrible!!!

The crew is nice but if a passenger boards a plane after all the headaches of the DOH terminal and the bad treatment on ground.. the crew will not be able to cope!!!

Once they get that into shape.. the will be back on track


User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7201 times:

I was wondering if QR would be interested in the Thai A340-500s now that TG is dropping the non stops to LAX and JFK.

User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3335 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7176 times:

Quoting Toptravel (Reply 7):
From what I understand, they were to start non stops from DOH/MEL in July, I keep looking on their site but no news yet from them. I think they were to start 4 x week then go to daily at the end of the year. Hope they do, I would like to try them on my regular FCO/Australia flying

July this year?? I doubt it.
QRs fleet is fully committed. I think they will struggle to even start by April 2008 on a non-stop basis, that's why I think it will happen via SE Asia, so only 1 additional A330 is required for daily ops.

Then by late 2008, as B777s start to enter the fleet, it can go non-stop.


User currently offlineCragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7152 times:

My money is on BKK  Smile

It was well rumoured that they would fly via BKK to MEL.

The hours were not ideal, but they weren't terrible either!


User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7032 times:

Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 9):
I was wondering if QR would be interested in the Thai A340-500s now that TG is dropping the non stops to LAX and JFK.

These were sold to South African Airways


User currently offlineSparklehorse12 From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 908 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7015 times:

What is the opinion on the success of QR into MEL?

I was under the impression they would want to come via SIN or BKK so they can ensure they have enough passengers each way?



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User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6938 times:

Quoting Sparklehorse12 (Reply 13):
What is the opinion on the success of QR into MEL?

Potentially very smart move given most airlines' first focus is Sydney. If QR are smart they will operate DOH-BOM-MEL; I am almost certain they would have the rights, and it would be an extremely lucrative route for them across all sectors.


User currently offlineSparklehorse12 From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 908 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6918 times:

Via BOM is an interesting one - isn't Indian Airlines or Air India planning on launching direct services to MEL?


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User currently offlineHanginOut From Austria, joined May 2005, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6874 times:

Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 12):
Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 9):
I was wondering if QR would be interested in the Thai A340-500s now that TG is dropping the non stops to LAX and JFK.

These were sold to South African Airways

When did that happen? Also, what are SAA's plans for them?



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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6840 times:

Quoting Alangirvan (Thread starter):
Has QR announced a start date for Australian service?

Wasn't that already back in 2003 or 2004!?

Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 12):

These were sold to South African Airways

wrong

Quoting HanginOut (Reply 16):
When did that happen? Also, what are SAA's plans for them?

They looked into it but they didn't buy them and I doubt they will.



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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2169 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6827 times:

Has QR started flying to Nigeria yet? Are the flights doing ok?

User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6810 times:

Quoting AF022 (Reply 18):
Has QR started flying to Nigeria yet?

Yes, QR has nonstop flights to Lagos.



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User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6716 times:

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 17):
wrong

Check out SAA's aircraft register in the next month or two


User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3335 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6671 times:

Quoting Sparklehorse12 (Reply 13):
Potentially very smart move given most airlines' first focus is Sydney. If QR are smart they will operate DOH-BOM-MEL; I am almost certain they would have the rights, and it would be an extremely lucrative route for them across all sectors.

No rights via India, just SE Asia.

Quoting Sparklehorse12 (Reply 15):
Via BOM is an interesting one - isn't Indian Airlines or Air India planning on launching direct services to MEL?

Planned for Oct this year... 3 or 5 services , A330


User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6584 times:

Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 21):
No rights via India, just SE Asia.

Have you got a source? Thanks.


User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3335 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6506 times:

Media release somewhere on the DOTARS website.
Mentions SE Asia, but no south asia intermediate points.


User currently offlineLaPaige From Sweden, joined May 2007, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6408 times:

A couple of years ago they were planning to operate their services to Australia through CMB (or perhaps that nothing but a rumour?).


La Paige
25 Fly2CHC : What's the link for the DOTARS website?
26 6thfreedom : I can't finde the text of the actually agreement. Grateful if any one has it. from memory though, SE and North Asia (excluding China) were the interm
27 Post contains links Bill142 : http://www.dotars.gov.au also check out http://www.iasc.gov.au which is the international airservices commission, a branch of DOTARS.
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