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Qatar Airways Network Changes S11 - Part 1  
User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 11031 times:

According to the GDS, Qatar airways will announce the following changes (and many more to come) to its network.

1) DOH - GVA upgrades from 5 weekly A330 to daily A330 flights effective 1st week of May

2) DOH - BLR upgrades from a daily A320/A321 to a daily A330 from 1st March 2011.

3) DOH - MCT increased from 21 weekly to 24 weekly from S11

4) DOH - CDG increased from 14 weekly to 16 weekly A340-600 from S11

5) DOH - KUL increased from 11 weekly to 14 weekly A330 from S11

6) DOH - DAR increased from 12 weekly A320 to 14 weekly A320 from S11

Already announced

7) DOH - CPH upgrades from 6 weekly A330 to daily A330 from S11.

8) DOH - BCN upgrades from daily A319LR to daily A330 from S11

9) DOH - ALP 4 weekly A320 flights start from 6th April 2011

10) DOH-OTP-BRU starting tomorrow, 4 weekly A320

11) DOH - BRU, 5 weekly A330 starting 31st Jan 2011

12) DOH - STR 3 weekly A319 starting 6th March 2011

13) DOH - MUC increase from daily to 11 weekly A330 from 9th March 2011

http://www.qatarairways.com/global/e...archive/PressRelease1_16Jan11.html

[Edited 2011-01-16 06:58:49]


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User currently offlineAirMale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10869 times:

GVA increased? With EK starting daily flights, EY upgrading to daily and Gulf Air returning to GVA it seems like an overkill..... lets see how it all works out....


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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10710 times:

Quoting AirMale (Reply 1):
GVA increased? With EK starting daily flights, EY upgrading to daily and Gulf Air returning to GVA it seems like an overkill..... lets see how it all works out....

Posted some more changes. I guess SUB, SFO, XMN, CTU, FLR are all coming online this year.

[Edited 2011-01-16 07:02:55]


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User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2226 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10660 times:

Quoting ojas (Thread starter):

10) DOH-OTP-BRU starting tomorrow, 4 weekly A320

I think you meant BUD, no?



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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10633 times:

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 3):
I think you meant BUD, no?

yea, sorry a typo over there.



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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12321 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10508 times:

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 3):
Quoting ojas (Thread starter):

10) DOH-OTP-BRU starting tomorrow, 4 weekly A320


I think you meant BUD, no?

But I thought they were adding services to both BUD and BUH this year?

Looking forward to seeing more routes added.

What is the position about the A300-600Rs; will these be replaced by 772LRFs only, or by A332Fs? Might they add more cargo-only destinations, or indeed all freight flights to destinations currently served only by pax aircraft?


User currently offlineAABB777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 505 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10466 times:
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Quoting ojas (Reply 2):
I guess SUB, SFO, XMN, CTU, FLR are all coming online this year.

Where did you get the intel on these destinations, specifically SFO?

In the US it seems ORD would come online before SFO. However, if QR continues to grow its relationship with UA, the SFO flight may make sense with additional UA feed (as would ORD).


User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2226 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10338 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
But I thought they were adding services to both BUD and BUH this year?

They are - OTP is the code



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User currently offlinecloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2453 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10233 times:

Quoting ojas (Thread starter):
3) DOH - MCT increased from 21 weekly to 24 weekly from S11

Seriously? They send all sorts here but as big as B77Ls and yet adding more flights?



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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 10136 times:

Quoting AABB777 (Reply 6):
Where did you get the intel on these destinations,

XMN, CTU --- QR announced in a press release 2 new Chinese destinations were being added. So I'm guessing these 2.

SUB -- a member had mentioned earlier that QR would step up KUL to double daily and tag 3 KUL flights to SUB. And today additional 3 flights have been announced.

FLR -- a member mentioned FLR would start as 3 weekly A319LRs

SFO -- My guess.

Quoting AABB777 (Reply 6):
In the US it seems ORD would come online before SFO.

I'm guessing SFO will come before ORD, before EK goes double daily there. Besides a west coast presence is something QR would be looking at. LAX has got 2 daily EK flights and EY would add it sooner. That leaves a choice between ORD and SFO and I'm speculating SFO.



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User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9952 times:

The Portuguese Prime Minister is on a visit to Qatar, any chance of a DOH-Portugal route? LIS i would assume?

[Edited 2011-01-16 09:40:52]

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8682 times:

Quoting ojas (Thread starter):
4) DOH - CDG increased from 14 weekly to 16 weekly A340-600 from S11

Interesting that they are not being phased out in the timetable. That will presumably take up two aircraft most of the week. Has the deal with Aerolineas Argentinas definitely fallen through?


Dan  



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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7934 times:

Quoting ojas (Reply 9):
FLR -- a member mentioned FLR would start as 3 weekly A319LRs

FLR (Florence - Italy) has a restricted runway length, similar to that of LCY. So that is why most carriers with larger planes touch down in nearby Pisa.

I cannot see QR being able to fly non-stop ex-FLR to DOH so maybe the carrier is planning an en route stop ... ?


User currently offlinevinniewinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 770 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 7401 times:

Quoting ojas (Thread starter):
10) DOH-OTP-BRU starting tomorrow, 4 weekly A320

What a weird route... Any reason why?


User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 7005 times:

Quoting vinniewinnie (Reply 13):
Quoting ojas (Thread starter):
10) DOH-OTP-BRU starting tomorrow, 4 weekly A320

What a weird route... Any reason why?






It was a typo, the route starting today is Doha (DOH) - Bucharest(OTP) - Budapest(BUD).

[Edited 2011-01-16 19:55:48]


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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1728 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 6721 times:

Thanks Ojas, with this timetable we are seeing almost 20 new A330 services weekly (all long haul); Im guessing more and more destinations will be converted to 777s! I strongly sense that QR will order at least 5 more A330's to keep up with demand!

Quoting ojas (Thread starter):
4) DOH - CDG increased from 14 weekly to 16 weekly A340-600 from S11

Does that mean that LHR will see more A330's or perhaps B777's since there are only 4 A346 and they are pretty much restricted to CDG and LHR.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
What is the position about the A300-600Rs;

There are no plans to phase them out, but there were plans to convert A330's into F, if Airbus agrees or has the logistics to do so.

Quoting santos (Reply 10):
The Portuguese Prime Minister is on a visit to Qatar, any chance of a DOH-Portugal route? LIS i would assume?

I think they WILL sign an air agreement but no announcements since its too soon.

Quoting LondonCity (Reply 12):
I cannot see QR being able to fly non-stop ex-FLR to DOH so maybe the carrier is planning an en route stop ... ?

Won't the A319 make it?

Quoting vinniewinnie (Reply 13):
What a weird route... Any reason why?
Quoting ojas (Reply 14):
It was a typo, the route starting today is Doha (DOH) - Bucharest(OTP) - Budapest(BUD).

I think OTP and BUD will be de-linked sometime in the future, I assume within the next 6 months, as more and more planes join the fleet. OTP lies directly in the flight path of BUD, so its a natural route to link these 2 destinations.

I wonder these 2 extra Chinese cities will be served with what equipment?



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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 18 hours ago) and read 6549 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 15):
I strongly sense that QR will order at least 5 more A330's to keep up with demand!

I don't think so, my guess is that they will order some more B777s and free up B777s from routes like LHE, ISB, BOM, DEL, BKK, etc and thus having more A330s to play with.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 15):
I wonder these 2 extra Chinese cities will be served with what equipment?

Actually my guess is that the new destinations would be an extension from the current destinations. The planes are on ground for 8-9 hours in CAN, PEK, PVG so they can tag on XMN, CTU and thus serve 2 more destinations without investing an airframe to these routes to begin with. Alternatively I would personally recommend QR to serve the 2 Chinese destinations via CCU. 4 weekly to one and 3 weekly to the other and thus make DOH - CCU daily. A standalone CCU does not fit into QR's hub so an extension from CCU would give excellent timings, 5th traffic and a support system to an otherwise low yielding destination -- CCU.



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1728 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 6298 times:

Quoting ojas (Reply 16):
ey will order some more B777s and free up B777s from routes like LHE, ISB, BOM, DEL, BKK, etc and thus having more A330s to play with

I think QR has only a couple more plans as options, but they could always order more of course--not sure when's the delievery slots though.

Quoting ojas (Reply 16):
they can tag on XMN, CTU a

It seems fashionable these days for a tag-on with QR! Although, it would make no sense to tag-on a Chinese city with another Chinese city. I do hope for nonstop though.



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User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

I have 2 side questions, as I prepare to welcome the first QR service to BUD today  

1, It was so many times rumored around that QR is getting closer and closer to Star Alliance, however on the contrary, last week I just realized that the option for us M&M members to collect miles on QR flights has been limited to only the DOH-FRA and DOH-MUC sectors only!!! Having QR in Star A would open their routes up for me so fast  

2, When will the new Airport be handed over, as my biggest reason against flying QR is DOH's current facilities...



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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1728 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 6047 times:

Quoting PEET7G (Reply 18):
2, When will the new Airport be handed over, as my biggest reason against flying QR is DOH's current facilities...

The plan is Dec. 18, 2011 (this year). There WILL be a celebration of some sort coming up on that date. If not its February 2012 maximum.  

Here is a sample of what it looks like from November 2010. I could imagine by now, it has greatly improved!



The full gallery by Sequinmyer can be seen here: http://www.sequinminer.com/Gallery/C...on/13890079_zV6RR#1100409616_x5wJr

Quoting PEET7G (Reply 18):
1, It was so many times rumored around that QR is getting closer and closer to Star Alliance, however on the contrary, last week I just realized that the option for us M&M members to collect miles on QR flights has been limited to only the DOH-FRA and DOH-MUC sectors only!!! Having QR in Star A would open their routes up for me so fast

That was different though. You could previously collect miles in any LH flight worldwide. Now its only in FRA, MUC, and GVA I think sectors.



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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2919 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 6047 times:

Quoting PEET7G (Reply 18):
2, When will the new Airport be handed over, as my biggest reason against flying QR is DOH's current facilities...

Current facilities have been expanded.
http://www.qatarairways.com/global/e...archive/press-release-18Dec10.html

New airport in early 2012.



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User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 5432 times:

TP CEO has been in Doha with the Portuguese Prime Minister, he confirmed that TP has no interest in starting a route to Doha, but they fully support Qatar airways to do so, he also mentions that QR is interested on the route, guess TP will be able to code share and offer connections on the route. Only found a link in Portuguese, sorry. http://www.presstur.com/site/news.asp?news=28657

User currently offlineconnector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 4920 times:

Fresh images from Bucharest shortly after Qatar's inaugural flight

http://www.capital.ro/typo3temp/pics/IMG_8807_ff90a26e96.jpg

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/5223/dsc7262v.jpg

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/5593/dsc7265800.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kLD4lyZrw6Y/TT...-airways-in-romania-013%5B2%5D.jpg


User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1728 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 4874 times:

Quoting connector4you (Reply 22):
Fresh images from Bucharest shortly after Qatar's inaugural flight

Thanks for the awesome pics! That is one of the new A320s with the PTV's in every seat!



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User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4561 times:

Some pictures Here for those with a Facebook account.

And the official press release Here on the BUD website (unfortunately yet only in Hungarian)

Some very interesting bits I cached on the ceremony, and also mentioned in the press release:
- Al Baker has said that according to the bookings he is very optimistic that BUD will very soon go daily and be de-linked from OTP.
- Now this was the most interesting part: He said he sees BUD as a very likely candidate for Mid-East European intermediate stop hub for long range intercontinental services by QR.

Now what could he mean by that? What service could they be planning that needs a stop? I thought they can reach all their current and planned destinations in the North-Americas, and lets be honest no other intercontinental service heads this way from Doha.



Peet7G
25 Post contains links connector4you : It seems that Qatar Airways intends to operate an A321 on this route in the near future and a split service to each Bucharest and Budapest. Mr Akbar
26 DLBOIFIN : I wish they would start DOH-HEL, 3-4 times / week with 319LR would certainly be a hit!
27 QatarA340 : I think the route could definetly go daily and de-linked within a short amount of time. The main problem is the shortage of aircraft. Thanks. Excelle
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