QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1938 posts, RR: 6 Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 23295 times:
News 1: Qatar Airways CEO Mr. Al-Baker has ordered more A380's but will announce them at next month's Dubai Airshow.
News 2: Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its 100th jet, a Boeing 777-200LR fresh from Seatle with a special sticker commemorating the achievement. I cannot paste it here now, as I am in my work computer.
News 3: QR definetly wont order 747-8 pax version, but DID NOT rule out 747-8 version, which Cargolux has in its fleet from October 12.
Quote: The new order for a "few more" superjumbos will be on top of the five aircraft that the airline previously ordered.
Akbar Al Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways, said they will officially announce the deal in the upcoming Dubai Airshow.
"We ordered the A380s for a specific reason and we found the number we initially ordered to be insufficient. So we ordered a few more," Akbar Al Baker told Gulf News in Seattle on Friday.
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Al Baker was at the Boeing plant in Seattle to receive the airline's 100th aircraft - a Boeing 777-200LR (long range).
Any idea how many A380s? Could it be the 10 unidentified? I predict an announcement soon of new destinations in the US, LAX, SFO, or ORD (one, or two of the three)
EPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5294 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 22064 times:
Quoting ojas (Reply 1): No matter what QR detractors say, this is an achievement. Congrats to QR and looking forward to QR's new routes
It is an achievement indeed. Somehow flying EK never appealed to me in the same way as flying QR still does. I have yet to fly either one of them, so this is just a gut feeling. If I will fly one of the Gulf carriers for sure I will start the "try-outs" with QR. .
Of course some extra A380's gives them even more appeal. I am sure they will utilize them well.
iberiadc852 From Spain, joined May 2005, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 21102 times:
Even in fields so huge like VLA, it seems more technical arguments "That bird is too big for us", "We are betting rather on increasing frequencies" can come to a second place when : "The race has started!!!. idiot is the last!!" appears.
No wonder that could be Airbus' main calculation when they launched A380.
variety is the spice of life; that's what made the "old times" so good
Babybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 19037 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 11): And I was never aware of QR publicly showing interest in the 747-8 Intercontinental, so the real surprise would have been them stating they were interested in adding it.
Is there a list of once potential customers for the 747-8 anywhere? Be interesting to see which airlines originally expressed an interest in it.
It's unbelievable that QR are ready to take even more planes of a version they don't even have yet. Those A380 operators need to keep their mouths quiet or everyone will want them. The message that they are performing very well is obviously out there. Proof of the pudding and all that.
There is no A380 unidentified order in Airbus backlog but rumors in june was 15 frames for Hong Kong Airlines and a large order from Qatar Airways. Al Baker quote in june : "We have five A380s on order and imminently we will order another large number of the same aircraft."
Quoting Babybus (Reply 12): Is there a list of once potential customers for the 747-8 anywhere?
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 32242 posts, RR: 85
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 16743 times:
Quoting Baroque (Reply 14): Wonder if the outfall from a couple of threads currently running will influence the choice?
The Engine Alliance engine seems to be doing okay on the A380 in terms of fuel burn.
And EASA recently proposed an airworthiness directive which would require carriers to install ventilation holes in some of the pylon panels for A380s equipped with the Trent 900 due to heat build-up which could result in a fire if a fuel leak occurred.
I wonder if we'll see other A380 orders at that time? Tim Clark must be itching to order more.
Seriously, I would expect one other order.
Quoting PM (Reply 8): And will we A T L A S T get an engine announcement?
I too am curious. How did they go this long 'stealth' or undecided? It takes a while to buy the parts for an engine (long lead typically 18 months for parts that 'last the life' of the engine and thus aren't stockpiled).