smi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1381 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4163 times:
Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
Services to the previously announced destination of Belgrade, capital of Serbia, have been confirmed for a November 20 start with a thrice-weekly schedule via Ankara.
A perfect destination to be in partners with QF with.... Hope the rumoured QR / QF partnership goes through over the QF EK one.
I think QR seems to be on a winning strategy serving these smaller cities with A320s. When the new Doha airport opens and they continue adding destinations and capacity they will certainly have a most impressive hub!
JoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2155 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3329 times:
Welcome news for BEG - QR is far superior to the "pay it all" that FZ is offering at present with a hideous Terminal 2 arrival in DXB. This FZ-EK collaboration in my opinion does not and will not work, two drastically different products simply kill-off each other - one a full service - premium airline, the other an LCC (albeit better than Ryanair) arriving at the 4th world airport terminal (DXB Terminal 2) ....
QR should do better to Australia, Asia and South Africa with its own metal (vs FZ-EK offer now), though the ESB stop does errode some of the appeal - 2 stops.
Perhaps EY will be next to take the plunge with its own, direct A319 flights to BEG and offering one-stop (AUH) flights between BEG and South Africa, Asia and Australia....
crazyguineapig From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3036 times:
Will QR eventually operate to BEG without the stop in Ankara given that they don't have fifth freedom rights for flights between Turkey and Serbia?
And JU won't restart DXB while newer planes don't arrive. There was a plan right before elections in Serbia (typical pre-election stuff that never amounts to anything) that JU was going to lease a pair of 738s and restart BEG-DXB but the govt didn't give them the money for the 8-year lease contract so nothing ever materialised. It's proof, however, that JU may still have wishes in the long term for DXB for the sake of transfer diaspora pax coming from the east and Australia.
WROORD- yes, a lot of the pax going to WAW may very well be coming from Australia and SE Asia as in the case with Belgrade.
Joker-I wish you could be right about EY. They would for sure have both an advantage over QR (because of the technical stop) and FZ because of timing logistics for transfers. Ajmo arapci bogatasi, dodjite u Srbiju da nam olaksas putovanje!
Tupolev160 From Ukraine, joined Oct 2011, 318 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
Surprised however that ESB has been reduced from daily to thrice weekly...very surprising. I wonder what happened on that route, where they driven out by TK? Actually it is the same plane that will be operating the two routes cause WAW flies those days when BEG/ESB doesn't...
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
Aleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3229 posts, RR: 34 Reply 16, posted (9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter): Services to the previously announced destination of Belgrade, capital of Serbia, have been confirmed for a November 20 start with a thrice-weekly schedule via Ankara.