Qatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2990 times:
Things have been looking great for QR recently. They have added many extra frequencies and announced new routes too.
New Routes (Starting in Summer)
Doha (DOH)-Frankfurt (FRA) 4x weekly [recently added to CRS)
DOH-Milan (MXP) 4x weekly
DOH-Casablanca (CMN) 3x weekly
DOH-Riyadh (RUH) 2x weekly (maybe more depending on pax quota)
DOH-Amman (AMM) 6x weekly up from 5x weekly, A320
DOH-Bangkok (BKK) 5x weekly up from 2x weekly
DOH-Dhaka (DAC) 5x weekly up from 4x weekly, A300-600R
DOH-Jeddah (JED) 5x weekly up from 3x weekly, A320
DOH-Karachi (KHI) 1x daily up from 5x weekly, A320
DOH-Kathmandu (KTM) 2x daily up from 1x daily, A320
DOH-Khartoum (KRT) 3x weekly up from 2x weekly, A300-600R
DOH-London (LHR) 11x weekly up from 9x weekly
DOH-Male,Maldives (MLE) 1x daily up from 3x weekly, A320
I also noticed that some of thier frequencies to DXB, BAH, DMM don't show on the online booking websites and don't show up on Amadeus or OAG but tickets are still available through local travel agents, i think this is due to demand.
QR also won awards in Nepal for the stimulation of the economy and tourism, and they are well covered by the press for the humanitarian work they do in Nepal. I know for a fact that the Nepalese governement and royal family actually use QR on thier flights to Europe via DOH.
Qatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2853 times:
One more thing, aerotransport.free.fr says that the second QR A332 which is to be delivered in June will be a VIP aircraft. It is likely because the A310 (Amiri Two) is getting old. I will try to contact someone with QR to verify the information but thier email system is always down
Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4168 posts, RR: 17 Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2833 times:
MUC is a good route for both EK and QR, in the summer. Lots of nationals from these two countries spend their summers in MUC. Also, lots of people use QR/EK to connect to the Far East, and with EK to OZ.
Mehtabrahman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 228 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2838 times:
I am planning to fly to Dhaka this summer in June, and was wondering which airine to fly with. Would Qatar airways buiness class be a good choice? If so, why? Apart from that, why do all the ticketing sites of the UK always say that there ar no seats available between London and Dhaka via Doha? What do you estimate the fare to be between London and dhaka on qatar? Apologies for asking too many questions.
Qatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2816 times:
Qatar Airways will continue to serve MUC 3x weekly as well as FRA 4x weekly.
Goto http://www.opodo.co.uk the ticket price on J class LHR-DOH-DAC is GBP 891.10 return incl Tax that is the lowest price i found and I think it is a great deal. When you search for a flight make sure you choose a Monday for departure because it is the only time the LHR flight connects with a DAC flight out of DOH. And choose
You should try Qatar Airways Business class for many reasons.
-52" seat pitch the highest seat pitch in J class of any airline in the Gulf.
-There is excellent service on board Qatar Airways, and the F/A's are very polite, caring and attentive
-The seats are very comfortable and have a high recline angle about 160 degrees. To view the seats visit http://www.qatarairways.com/InFlight/BusinessClass.htm and click on the picture.
-The food is excellent and on par with EK and GF.
-The J class lounge in DOH is very nice and has a good view of the tarmac, in Heathrow you will use the virgin atlantic clubhouse. Click on the link for more info on DOH airport terminal and the lounges http://www.qatarairways.com/FlightInfo/airportinfo.htm
-Shortest connection time of any carrier that on the LHR-DAC route. From Departure in LHR to arrival in DAC it will take you 12h50min. On other carriers such as EK that will take about 14h40min.
Qatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2765 times:
I think QR will be succesful if they initiate flights to Kabul with connections to Europe, but nothing has been mentioned in the media yet about flights to Afghanistan. A while back Kofi Annan visited Afghanistan on a QR A319CJ.
IMO SV or EK will be the first Arab Airlines to enter the Afghani market.
Qatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2760 times:
Qatar Airways posts sky-high growth
Web posted at: 3/4/2002 3:32:21
Source ::: The Peninsula
DOHA: Qatar Airways, acclaimed as one of the fastest growing air carriers in the world, witnessed a record 29 per cent growth over the last five years, the airline’s CEO, Akbar Al Baker, disclosed yesterday. During the forthcoming financial year 2002-2003, the airline hopes to exceed this record to post a 40 per cent growth, he added.
Qatar Airways underwent a complete change of its corporate image in 1997. This is the fifth year of its operation under the new corporate colours. Over the years, the airline has opened several new routes from Doha, while augmenting its fleet with Airbus aircraft.
Revealing future plans for expansion of Qatar’s national carrier, Akbar said the airline has embarked on a plan which will see its operations shoot up by some 60 per cent, while its fleet will increase to 25 aircraft, by the end of the year 2004. He also announced the launch of three new routes by Qatar Airways — Casablanca, Milan and Riyadh.
Qatar Airways, he said, will offer three weekly fights between Doha and the Moroccoan resort, Casablanca, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, beginning May 31. The airline will also offer four weekly flights between Doha and the Italian city, Milan, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with the maiden flight scheduled to take off on June 6. Also, Qatar Airways will launch two weekly flights between Doha and the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, on April 1. The Doha-Riyadh flights will be offered every Monday and Thursday, he added.
He attributed the massive growth of the airline to factors such as its enhanced standards and implementation of concepts, that are considered as pioneering ones, in the global airline industry. “Since Qatar Airways is a small airline it is easier for us to implement changes,” he said. He noted that Qatar Airways is currently the only GCC-based carrier that employs women pilots.
The airline, he said, is expected to receive its first Airbus A 330-200 aircraft by May 7. The aircraft is currently under manufacture at Toulouse, the headquarters of the European aircraft consortium, Airbus Industrie. The second such aircraft is expected to join the Qatar Airways fleet in July.
Two more of these aircraft will be delivered in March next year and a fifth in February 2004. These aircraft are being delivered under a $1.3bn deal between Qatar Airways and Airbus Industrie. The airline reserves the option of ordering three more aircraft of the same make, he added.
The new Airbus A 330-200 aircraft have a configuration for 12 First class, 18 Business class and 206 Economy class seats. In addition, they incorporate some state-of-the-art, passenger friendly features for enhanced travel comfort, he added. Qatar Airways’ plans to augment its all-Airbus fleet includes procuring the newly developed, ultra-capacity Airbus A 380s and the corporate jetliner, the Airbus ACJ 319, the CEO said.
Asked about Qatar Airways’ role in promoting Qatar as an inbound tourism destination, Akbar said the airline will play a pivotal role, pointing out that Qatar Airways, by its own initiative, is also promoting Qatar as a destination, through its subsidiary, Qatar Airways Holidays, whose offices are expected to open later this month.
He revealed that since October, Qatar Airways Holidays had carried some 2,000 tourists from Qatar to various destinations.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways also plans to sign more code-share agreements with other carriers, as part of its expansion programmes as well as launch flights to new destinations. The airline had also sent a team to evaluate acquisition of shares in Sudan Airways, he added.
Doha-Kochi direct flights
DOHA: Qatar Airways is keen to operate flights between Doha and Kochi. However, the main hurdle in the launch of such flights is the delay by the Indian government in granting rights to the airline for such flights, the Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said yesterday.
According to Akbar, an application by Qatar Airways to operate flights to the Nedumbassery International Airport, Kochi, was already sent to the Indian civil aviation authorities. However, he noted that the Indian government had not yet opened up its airspace to foreign carriers, apparently to protect its own national carriers.
Currently, only Air India, the Indian flag carrier, offers direct flights between Doha and Kochi. The airline offers three-weekly direct flights from Doha and also some indirect ones via its hub in Mumbai. The other Indian carrier, Indian Airlines, had also offered Doha-Kochi flights but later pulled out from the route.
DOHA: Easier procedures for procuring visit visas on arrival will help develop Qatar and its national carrier, Qatar Airways, other airlines operating to Doha and the local hospitality industry, the Qatar Airways’ chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said yesterday.
Speaking to the media, Akbar said the existing procedures for procuring visit visas were not passenger friendly and hence, not upto the expectations of the airline.
The lengthy procedures involved in procuring these visas, he said, is having an adverse and negative impact not merely on Qatar Airways, but also on the country.
Akbar called for a more efficient and passenger-friendly visa procedure to be adopted since it will facilitate more tourists to visit Qatar and hence benefit the entire travel and hospitality trade here.
Meanwhile, the CEO said that Qatar Airways faced only a minimal impact of the crises that shook the global aviation industry following the September 11 terror attacks on the US last year and its aftermath. He attributed it to the limited assets deployed by the airline in Western markets, such as Europe.
Qatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
There used to be a codeshare with LH on the DOH-MUC route. This codeshare has been terminated about a year ago due to "auditing" reasons. Allthough as i said earlier QR still codeshare with LH on 5 routes out of MUC and they said that they plan to expand the codeshare even further to encompass more routes. The CEO of Qatar Airways has mentioned his intentions of joining Star Alliance several times. Maybe QR are just holding out to see what happens with the other Star Alliance members in trouble (United, Ansett, Air New Zealand) before joining.
EE-Kay, keep us posted on how you do when you join EK/GF/QR as a flight attendant, whish you the best of luck.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6097 posts, RR: 11 Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
Qatar will be the next big airline in the Middle East, and it will give EK some competition as QR keeps on growing and growing.By the way has QR ever thought about flying into the US or Canada? Maybe in 4 or 3 years?
Qatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
KU has suffered heavy losses in the past few years and so the Kuwaiti government has requested the KU management to maintain a strictly conservative level of growth. Their losses have been reduced recently becuase of the succesful cooperation between KU and GF.