Teahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5266 posts, RR: 63 Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1835 times:
There is a very interesting article about Qatar Airways in this month’s copy of Flug Revue. Here are some of the more interesting points including some rather fascinating details about their planned A380 configuration:
-- Qatar Airways do not want to be another Emirates. They want to maintain a small fleet (maximum of 35 aircraft) with a high quality product. Expansion will probably be frozen between 2005 and 2007 when the A380 arrives.
-- Qatar Airways currently has around 62% transit of passengers and 38% of passengers arriving/departing Doha. A future aim is a 50:50 balance which is achievable with a growth of Tourism in Qatar (currently in its infancy)
-- Qatar Airways’ will retrofit its A300-600 fleet with the same new seats that are in its A330-200 aircraft within 18 months.
-- Qatar Airways would like to order A321 aircraft, however it would need extra (auxiliary) fuel tanks which would reduce the aircraft’s payload capability.
-- Despite many people branding it as mere “PR”, Qatar Airways are totally serious about the A380 aircraft they plan to get (first one in 2007). There is absolutely no doubt the contract will be signed once Qatar’s precise design is finalised.
-- The whole new Qatar Airport will be open for the Asian Games in 2006, at which time the current airport will be handed over to the air force. The airport will include jetways on 2 levels for the A380’s.
-- Qatar Airways’ A380 will definitely only have 468 seats. The cabin layout has been finalised but not the exact product. 34 inch pitch in Economy class and more pitch with fully reclining seats in Business class can be expected. There will also be a lounge, a bar, a shopping area and library for First and Business Class passengers.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2430 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1745 times:
This is an interesting strategy for a medium-sized carrier, offering premium accomodations on its' most volumous aircraft. I think it could succeed, providing most of the seats are not premium priced. Thusfar, the only other carrier to indicate it would provide lavish ammenities on its' A380s is Virgin Atlantic. Perhaps, Airbus's stylish renditions of shops and large washrooms on its' biggest offering is truly more than fanciful.
QatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1712 times:
Thank you for the link. Qatar Airways will sign the contract for the A380s soon, as you remember there order was just a MoU. The CEO has said they will firm up all options and buy 4 A380s very soon. They want to expand their fleet with either the A340 or the B777 and the manufacturer that offers the best price will be awarded the contract.
I find it great that they will retrofit the A300s with the same seats as the A330-200. I saw the interior of the A330-200 and it was just splendid.
"Qatar Airways would like to order A321 aircraft, however it would need extra (auxiliary) fuel tanks which would reduce the aircraft???s payload capability"
I posted that in a thread earlier but I though it was just a baseless rumour. Well I guess my sources are accurate.