Aio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1152 times:
I just read this as one of the headlines of airliners.net news...
Pakistan's Qatar Airways Orders Two A380 Aircraft
KARACHI, March 5 Asia Pulse - Doha-based Qatar Airways became the 9th customer of world's largest aircraft A38 when it ordered two planes with two options, a communication received from Tolouse said.
Besides acquiring the Airbus, Qatar Airways have placed firm orders for five of the highly successful A330-200 with three options.
Launched in December 2000, the twin-deck A380 with a seating capacity of 550 passengers has to date won 66 firm commitments from nine customers plus 54 options.
Deliveries of A330-200 will start in April 2002 and the aircraft will replace A300-600Rs on Qatar Airways' flagship Doha-London route and other services in Europe and Asia. The A330-200 will seat 235 passengers.
Taken from: http://asia.biz.yahoo.com/news/asian_markets/asiapulse/article.html?s=asiafinance/news/010305/asian_markets/asiapulse/Pakistan_s_Qatar_Airways_Orders_Two_A38_Aircraft.html
What do you all think? Is this one of those moves based on high landing fees or are there really that many people going to Qatar? It says Qatar airways is owned by Pakistan, so is it a pakistani airline, I've never heard of it.
Aio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1088 times:
Really, oops my bad, thanks for letting me know CPDC-10-30. Why does the article say the news came March 5th (today in Asia). Was it just rumored until now? Or was Yahoo!, a little slow to release the news?
Airbus A380 From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 522 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1081 times:
Qatar Airways owned by Pakistan? What the hell for? PIA is in dire need of financial support, and here they say Qatar is buying 2 superjumbos. Shouldn't they help PIA instead to buy newer airplanes? I say the report made a BIG mistake here. Qatar Airways was not, and never owned by Pakistan.
Miami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1027 times:
Actually Qatar Airways is the national airline of the nation of QATAR which is in the persian gulf. Doha is the capital. I can only imagine they have bought this large plane to counter act the huge operations of neighbouring Emirates Airlines in Dubai. I think Qatar Airways will probably use the aircraft to provide on carriage links to its flights to Asia. I have heard that thier inflight service is excellent from business travellers who frequent the gulf.
Aio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1012 times:
Alright so we have determined that Pakistan and Qatar Airways have no relation. The only reason I sort of questioned this was because I had never heard of them before. What exactly to u find funny/pathetic about this? Yes, I am from the US, Airmale.
I think that they will use these planes on the routes to Bangkok and to London. Feel free to prove me wrong though
FraserTeasdale From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1012 times:
I have been reading the correspondence on the Qatar Airways A380 order with great interest. I worked for Qatar Airways for 4 years and was one of the founding managers being responsible for sales and marketing for Europe and North America from Jan97-Dec2000.
The prefix is QR and they have about 10 Aircraft, 5x A300-600R's and 5 x A320's. From Europe they currently fly from London Heathrow, Paris and Munich
Qatar itself is a very small county attached by what is called the inland sea and sits on top of Saudia Arabia.
Qatar Airways was originally formed in 1994 and had 3 x B727-200's and 2 EX ANA B747-100's with a 492 seating capacity. It was a cheap and cheerful airline.
Now however it is a much more modern product with a full inflight service incl alcohol. However Qatar as a country only has a population of 500,000 people of which only 150,000 are Qatari's, the rest of the population are immigrant workers from the Indian Sub-continent and Far east, such as Thailand and Phillipines.
I was not suprised to learn that they ordered A330-200's as the A300-600R's needed replacing, but the order for 2x A380's is quite suprising for a small population base. Most of their traffic is 5th and 6th freedom as the home market is too small and would not sustain enough traffic.
I would suspect that as the order is for 2007 that it is because arch rival Emirates in nearby Dubai has ordered them already and also because QR wants to displace Gulf Air as the next big airline in the region. Also I would suspect that in 2007 Qatar Airways wants to fly non-stop to the USA and possibly to the far east and Australia, however the traffic will have to increase substantially as they currently only have just over 1 million passengers per annum.
Qatar Airways is 50% owned by the Government of Qatar and some private investors. It does not have anything to do with Pakistan, it only flies there to Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar from Doha.
Qatar is pronounced ''Kataarh''
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