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Qatar Orders More A380's, Recieves 100th Plane  
User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 23048 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)

Source: http://gulfnews.com/business/aviatio...e-a380-deal-at-dubai-show-1.883093


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User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2981 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 22951 times:

No matter what QR detractors say, this is an achievement. Congrats to QR and looking forward to QR's new routes like OSL, EBB, CKG, GYD, TBS.


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User currently offlinekl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5260 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 22283 times:

Great news for the A380 program! First LH and now QR. And who knows EK as well at the Dubai Airshow.

User currently offlineKennyK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22085 times:

Isn't there also 'that' Chinese order !!

User currently offlinesmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 21954 times:

Congrats to QR! 5 always did seem a strange number, now they just need to get the new airport in DOH up and running ASAP!

I think we may also see QR in PER and SYD (ADL as a long shot for first mover advantage!) soon.

I do not think we will see the A380 in Australia soon sadly, they simply carry too much cargo on the 77LR atm. I think we still are a fair way off seeing a 773ER upgrade down here as it is.


User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4864 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 21817 times:
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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.


User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12801 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21028 times:
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Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
Could it be the 10 unidentified?

I believe this top-up will be for another 5 frames.



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User currently offlineiberiadc852 From Spain, joined May 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 20855 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.



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User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6961 posts, RR: 63
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 20425 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
Could it be the 10 unidentified?

No. That is known to be for Hong Kong Airlines.

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
a "few more"

I'm guessing around two or three.

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 4):
5 always did seem a strange number

Well, at first, they ordfered just two and later odded three more.

And will we A T L A S T get an engine announcement?


User currently offlinemotorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3284 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 20178 times:

Have QR made any announcement on cabin config for their super-jumbo fleet yet? Looking forward to seeing their offering.

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User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2994 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 20013 times:

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 4):
I think we may also see QR in PER and SYD (ADL as a long shot for first mover advantage!) soon.

I do not think we will see the A380 in Australia soon sadly, they simply carry too much cargo on the 77LR atm. I think we still are a fair way off seeing a 773ER upgrade down here as it is.

Would love QR to open flights to SYD! I think that a SYD flight is the best chance we have of seeing their 77W in Australia for now...

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 9):
Have QR made any announcement on cabin config for their super-jumbo fleet yet? Looking forward to seeing their offering.

IIRC they've said it's going to be their only aircraft with F while the rest of the fleet will be J/Y. Aside from that I don't think so...


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31250 posts, RR: 85
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 19583 times:
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Quoting scbriml (Reply 6):
I believe this top-up will be for another 5 frames.

They need at least twice that, IMO.

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.


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 18790 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.


User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2981 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 18704 times:

Quoting motorhussy (Reply 9):

Have QR made any announcement on cabin config for their super-jumbo fleet yet? Looking forward to seeing their offering

The CEO said the A380 would have approximately 516 seats with 8 F class seats and remaining J and Y.



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User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 18630 times:

Quoting PM (Reply 8):

And will we A T L A S T get an engine announcement?

Wonder if the outfall from a couple of threads currently running will influence the choice???? Could go either way. Fed up or a low cost as a salve to bruised pride (and pocket book).


User currently offlinequeb From Canada, joined May 2010, 730 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 18580 times:

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
Could it be the 10 unidentified?

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?

Yes :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_passenger_airlines


 


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31250 posts, RR: 85
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 16496 times:
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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.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...-air-holes-to-avoid-fire-risk.html


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13438 posts, RR: 100
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 16259 times:
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Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
but will announce them at next month's Dubai Airshow.

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).

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User currently offlinesolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 857 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 15876 times:

I´m gonna get blown away when the cabin fitting are for show on A380´s

//Mike  Wow!      



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User currently offlineZKCIF From Lithuania, joined Oct 2010, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 15624 times:

As far as I remember, Qatar press conference at LeBourget was scheduled after Skymark conference which implies that the order is more than 2 units  

User currently offlineUpperDeck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2010, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12164 times:

Great news for the A380 program. The more of those babies flying around the better, in my opinion. They're quickly becoming my favourite aircraft to fly on.

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9950 times:

Quoting queb (Reply 15):
Yes :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...lines

Nope that is apparently just a list of world airlines.

Quoting UpperDeck (Reply 20):
The more of those babies flying around the better, in my opinion.

For me too. Not only is it extremely green but also extremely quiet. Unlike some other jumbo aircraft it doesn't rattle windows or roar when flying overhead.


User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2774 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9702 times:

Quoting Babybus (Reply 21):
For me too. Not only is it extremely green but also extremely quiet. Unlike some other jumbo aircraft it doesn't rattle windows or roar when flying overhead.

Too bad. Spotting will be boring with all these wimpy sounding engines. Guess the people living around the airport don't mind the new changes though. 



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9663 times:

Quoting Babybus (Reply 21):
. Unlike some other jumbo aircraft it doesn't rattle windows

Does that mean the "some other jumbo aircraft" have "rattling windows" when they come off the factory line?



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User currently offlinecmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9400 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 23):
Does that mean the "some other jumbo aircraft" have "rattling windows" when they come off the factory line?

I think you miss-understood what he said.


25 nomoreRJs : Would love to see QR at ORD, but given ORD can not get a DXB nonstop, doubt this will happen. We will take AUH and AMM as well as AI and AA via DEl to
26 qf002 : The aircraft rattles the windows in his house when it flies overhead because it's so loud... Nobody is suggesting that 747s have poorly fitted window
27 JoeCattoli : I can exactly remember many many members writing here a few years ago sayin, QR will never receive an A380 in the 1st place.... Seems reality turned o
28 Post contains images Baroque : Yep to both of those. You just cannot trust those Gulf airlines can you? When are they going to put PM out of his misery though? As has been said, th
29 QatarA340 : When the New Doha International Airport opens next year, it is going to mark a very significant step for Qatar Airways. It will be a huge difference,
30 JoeCanuck : What happens to the old airport when the new one opens?
31 nickofatlanta : I would love it as well - fingers crossed!
32 Post contains links QatarA340 : A residential, commercial, and green city basically. Click on the link to find out more. http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1028285 For t
33 Post contains images UpperDeck : I am . When I fly a shaky old 747 built way back in 2006, I personally get quite frustrated when I'm trying to watch an old episode of America's Top
34 Post contains links PanAm_DC10 : While there is no specific unidentified order for 10 A388s on the Airbus O&D spreadsheet, Airbus do have an MoU for 10 undisclosed frames that wa
35 Post contains images qf002 : God I hate it when that happens.
36 na : Did Qatar decide on the engine type for its A380s already or are they playing the manufacturers here as well?
37 Post contains images EPA001 : That is still to be decided. See Baroque's remark about "putting PM out of his misery". Since EA is so strong with EK as a customer, maybe QR will go
38 Post contains images Jacobin777 : Hence why I stated as a question rather than in an "accusatory tone"...
39 Post contains images SEPilot : Well, you must have been flying on a counterfeit, as I just checked Boeing's website and all 747's delivered in 2006 and 2007 were freighters. If you
40 col : I bet it was fun using the oxygen masks though. Never had a problem with the 744, it is a sound plane. The 380 is a much nicer and quieter ride, but
41 bonusonus : This is awesome. When is Qatar supposed to start A380 service?
42 PM : No.
43 Baroque : Sometimes the lack of a smilie says much more than the copious use of numerous smilies.
44 QatarA340 : Is QR going to announce new routes for the World Hubs conference currently ongoing? Does anybody know if there is a QR press conference coming up?
45 Post contains images PM :
46 scouseflyer : IIRC we're looking at late 2012 but it will mean that we should see some patrs convoyed soon if that's to be met.
47 trigged : Oh geez... Did someone fly a "Boewing 747-700"? The easiest way to determine if the aircraft is genuine is to get into the cockpit and look at the cl
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